The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor book review

When I say that Mark Montano is a crafty genius and that you NEED this book, I really mean it.  I have a few crafty idols, and he’s one of them – and what a stellar resume he possesses.  He’s been on TLC’s While You Were Out and 10 Years Younger, We’s She’s Moving In and Style Network’s My Celebrity Home.  Are you kidding?  I’d be doing the hamster dance if I had even one of those TV shows under my belt.  That’s not even mentioning all of the books he’s done (see his website).  Not only is Mark one of the most talented DIYers I’ve ever known, he’s also the nicest.  I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mark and he’s kind, hilarious . . . everything a crafty star should be.  I really could go on and on, but I need to get to the topic at hand.

Here are my five favorite things about Big-Ass Book of Home Decor.

1.  The use of readily available materials.  I’ve never known of anyone as good at developing projects with materials I already have around the house, ever.  I’m telling you that for most of the projects in this book, you likely already have most of the items – and if you don’t, you can get them quickly at your local hardware store or Target.

2.  You can decorate your whole apartment on a budget.  Tables, frames, plant holders, wall hangings, headboards, lampshades . . . there are so many home decor projects, and they are all practical and easy on the wallet.

3.  The ideas appeal to a wide variety of ages – even dudes.  I’ve seen very few craft books that I could give as a gift to either a teenager, recently college graduate or a guy.

4.  The Incredible IKEA Ideas section.  I laughed when I saw this section, because just about everyone I know has several pieces of IKEA furniture leftover from college – and some people I know have their entire houses or apartments filled with it.  I definitely have my fair share.  Since everybody and their brother has the same Billy bookself, I like the idea of customizing mine so that at least when someone comes into the door of Mod Podge Command Central they don’t start whistling a Swedish tune immediately.  Not that I would know a Swedish tune if I heard one.

5.  The vinyl applique chair and ottoman.  I always choose my favorite project, and in this instance it was SO hard.  I love this chair because blue is my favorite color, especially when it’s combined in various shades.

I don’t know what else to say except you MUST get this book.  BABHD will be a constant reference for you, I promise. To get one of you started, I’m giving away a copy signed by Mr. Montano himself.  Here are the very simple rules.

1. Comment on THIS blog entry. Why would you like to win this book?
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Contest will close this Wednesday, January 26th at midnight (EST).
4. PLEASE leave your e-mail address if it’s not attached in Blogger – I need some way to reach you.

Full contest disclosure here.


  1. Anonymous says

  2. says

    I would adore having a book of doable ideas at hands reach and your review of this one sounds fab!

    clevermonkeygraphics at that hot hot hot mail account.

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  7. Anonymous says

    I would L♥VE this book. We lost most of our furniture when the recession hit & we only had so much space to move 1000 miles away. We have since come back home to Michigan, but I am now lacking side tables & most of our decorative items, we only brought with us the necessities for our family of 5. I am looking for creative ideas for refinishing garage sale and thrift store finds.

    Vicki McDowell

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  10. Elizabeth says

    I decided that 2012 would be the year I would get all of the decorating projects {new & old} finished…problem is I’m working on a limited budget. This is why I need this book :)

  11. Kitty says

    I would LOVE this book! I am really looking for a budget friendly way to decorate my new place when I move!

  12. JuNk JazZerS says

    I love decorating and coming up with ideas but it seems my brain is on a burn out or holiday. I need some new inspiration ! Help!!

  13. tcapps96 says

  14. Nerd Mama says

    I’m always looking for great budget crafts, and this would be perfect timing since I’m trying to spruce up my whole house!

  15. Michelle says

    Always needing great new ideas and I think this book would be perfect. I’m redecorating the entire downstairs and this book would help so much since we are on a limited budget.

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  17. Dana says

    I would like the BABHD because we have some BAHD issues that need fixing. Trying to decorate with champagne taste on a beer budget and needing some assistance…please.

  18. TeenaBugg38 says

    Anything called The Big Assed Book, I GOTTA HAVE!! LOL…..I love that the ideas are practical and affordable!! Thanks for the “BA” opportunity to win…..LOL

  19. Shari says

    I would love this book to add to my craft book collection. I am always looking for ways to craft for my home and I’m sure it’s all in there!

  20. Kim says

    Oh how I would love this book! I love to repurpose, redecorate, and save money doing it. I would wear this book out in no time! Please send it to my very loving home. I promise to take very good care of it, hug it and love it every day.

    Kim D in FL

  21. dora maria says

    I would like the BABHD because I have things that need updating and this looks like it has some great ideas!

  22. StampinCathy says

    I need this book!! I want this book!!
    I know I have things in my garage that could look amazing and fun and come back into the house. Only if I had that book. Thanks for a chance at this inspiring book!

  23. Ladybugz Creations says

    I love this book have looked at it and looked at it .. and would love a copy. bu tnot only that I am a Modge Podge Addict :) Love me some of that stuff too..


  24. Genevieve says

    Now that I’m retired, everything I do has to be on a very tight budget. This looks like an awesome book!

  25. Jacki says

    Gimme that Big Ass Book! I would LOVE to apply the ideas in my home! ! Super cool! Thank you for the opportunity!

  26. Cassie says

  27. Allison Howie says

    Hi I would love this book because I am just beginning my journey with mod podge and also have a lot of IKEA furniture that could do with some persoanlisation!

  28. Michele says

    I would LOVE to use the ideas in this book to decorate my 85 yr old house that I just bought last year!! Thanks for considering me!

  29. Lauren says

    This book would be fabulous for this newlywed to get a jump start on her house! Love your blog!

  30. Elaine Akers says

    Love the title of the book. :-)
    Always looking for new ways to repurpose, makeover, and to try new ideas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  31. CB says

    Being a Big A$$ myself, I’m hoping to become a Big A$$ Decorator. Reading this book can only help. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

  32. Mari says

    I need this book! My husband and I bought our first home recently and having all the space to decorate is overwhelming me. I need mark’s help!

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  35. stlbarb says

    I have Mark’s “Dollar Store Decor” book sitting here and would LOVE to have all of his others. Being a rabid recycler & altered artist, his ideas call to me.

  36. LuciMcKean says

    I have a great/terrible tendency to give away my crafts, and as a result, my house is sadly lacking in decor. I need this book as inspiration and would love to win a copy!

  37. MamaBirdy says

    The reason I really want this book:
    Let me spell it out…I-K-E-A.
    We STILL have IKEA in our living room and let me tell you, IKEA and two little boys do not mix. I have been dreaming of a way to do something with our furniture (including the two Billy’s we own).
    Thanks for the chance!

  38. Nancy says

    Waay back when, when we moved into our house I started decorating and never really finished. Now it’s time to start over. Good-bye 1980’s. Don’t have any money, children in college don’t ya know. I’ll bet this book would go a long way to get me started again!

  39. beulahmom says

    I would love to have this book because I most definitely need help in home decor! Thanks for the opportunity to win it! :o)

  40. Aimee says

    Everything I’ve seen in this book is awesome. My daughter is about to move into her first college apartment. We both could find ideas for our respective “pads.”

  41. Victoria's Place says

    So far everything I’ve seen with this book is AWESOME! I would love some crafty ideas to kick things up. Money is tight since I was downsized from my job a couple of years ago and I need to get the crafty mojo going.
    Thanks for the chance!

  42. ~Isabel says

    I need this book because i need help! It looks like an awesome book to help me instead of my sitting here wishing to change my home!

  43. Ziggyeor says

    This book would be awesome because even after living here for over a year we’re still kinda bare in spots.

  44. Todd says

    I have been following Mark on Facebook for a while and have gleaned so much from his posts there. Now I NEED THIS BOOK!! I am an artist and hobbyist who loves working with all different mediums. It is my way of de-stressing after a full day of teaching in the public schools. PAZ!

  45. chinamomxtwo says

    OMG! I love these ideas–and I’ve had this book on my wish list…..Why? cause Mark one of the most BAD ASS DIYers evah!!!

  46. Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever says

    I would love this book! I’m a stay at home mom who is always looking for thrifty ways to decorate my house. Fingers crossed!

  47. Brittney Musterman says

  48. Ash T says

    I love the idea of decorating affordably and with your own personal, self-made decorations! Always looking for inspiration!!

  49. nique says

    I’m a college student, and I’m graduating this semester! This would be a great way to be able to decorate as I venture out into the “real world”

  50. Laura says

    Agreed! Mark’s books are so much fun! I checked this one out from the library to see if there was anything I could actually use, and now it’s on my wishlist!

  51. Danielle says

    My reason for wanting this book is because I’m a teacher and my husband is in the USAF, so we don’t have a lot of funds floating around to spend on already made decorations. We scrimp and save to get things for our house, and I think it’d be really cool to be able to learn to make things that make my house unique for an affordable cost!
    Thank you!
    [email protected]

  52. Kristina says

    My husband and I have lived in our apartment for almost 8 months and there are so many areas that still need help. We’re on a budget, so this book could be some of the help we need.

  53. Shannon's Crafts says

    I would love to add this to my book collection! Im constantly looking for new ideas and this would be excellent when Im not near a computer!

  54. I've arted!! says

    my home needs serious decor help! It still looks like we just unloaded the moving truck….lots of bare walls that we don’t know what to do with! We need HELP!!

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  56. House Revivals says

    I would love this book — I’m always on the look-out for more kinds of trouble to get into :)

  57. Leah says

  58. Nana's Fun Stuff says

    OMG who wouldn’t want this book!!! I always look for new ideas and inspirations and this would be perfect :))

  59. Lynn says

  60. Mary Drummond says

    Just to put this book on my coffee table and watch my mother-in-law pass out after reading the title would be reason enough! Sign me up!

  61. craftydill says

    I would love to have this book to help me with my 2011 resolution…get my house looking the way I want it to look! I’ve been putting it off and this will give me the motivation to get rocking! Thanks for the chance!! -Michelle

  62. Jayme says

    I would love to win this book. I’m a college student and my boyfriend and I are hopefully getting our own house soon and I’d love the inspiration from this book!

  63. Ellen says

  64. Leah says

    I love The Big-Ass Book of Crafts, and I’ve been drooling over the Big-Ass Book of Home Decor since it came out! Making your own decorations is much more satisfying than buying crap.

  65. Amanda says

    I WOULD LOVE to win this book! I have lived in my house for nearly 4 years and am just now getting around to decorating! I love to MAKE the things I hang on my walls and refinish my own furniture :)

  66. Miss Meg says

    I would love to win this book because my little one bedroom single-gal apartment is in need of some personalization and sprucing up to make it into a home :)

  67. Mindy says

    I want this book because it just looks plain awesome, and who couldn’t use some decorating tips? Plus, it would go great with my own big ass. Thanks for the opportunity!

  68. Julie the Out-Numbered says

  69. Digital Misfit says

  70. LoRrAiNE says

    Thanks for the opportunity! I love crafting, I love mod podge, I would love to have this book. It would continue my efforts and guide me as I explore further the world of crafting at home. Thanks again!

    e:[email protected]

  71. Avalon says

  72. Madzie says

    I just moved from a house into an apartment and I am so needing to redecorate. I am looking at a desk right now that needs a major face lift LOL…I would L O V E to win Mark’s book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  73. Frivolitea says

    I am currently re-organzing and decorating my home. I would LOVE to have this book, as I am sure it would help me with ideas!!! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  74. Becky says

    oh wow, this looks awesome. WE are currently moving into a new house and I could definitely use some ideas on how to decorate inexpensively!!

  75. Jenni says

    he has always been my favorite designer on those shows! i love mark and would LOVE to own his big ass book! heehee! love the name!

    thanks for the chance to win!

  76. LL says

    I keep collecting an electic collection of “things”! I love this book! I need this book! Pretty please!

  77. Midwestie Lady - Linda says

    Oh, I love the photos you posted and could use some of those ideas in my home! I love to win The Big-Ass Book! Thanks for the generous giveaway!
    Linda Harbin
    MidwestieLady on Etsy and ArtFire

  78. *CoUrTnEy* says

    Wow..this book sounds and looks AMAZING!! I would LOVE to own this..Im a stay at home mom of 2 girls, my youngest born in November. I live to craft, as well as scrapbook, and since I would rather be home with my girls at all times instead of work, we are on a limited budget. I’m always looking for new ideas that are frugal or even being able to use things I have around the house! This book sounds like it could give me so many new ideas for myself and as gifts! I love to give and the crafty gifts I believe are the best!! =) Wishing everyone luck in this contest!
    [email protected]

  79. says

    Me!! I would love this book! I’m switching from college leftovers to grownup stuff. Well, grownup looking stuff that hopefully doesn’t cost too much :)

    almostneverclever [at] gmail [dot] com

  80. Anonymous says

    This book would be so fantastic for me right now. I am recently retired and I have my whole house to redecorate and revamp now that I’m home and have time for new projects. I love crafting and sewing with recycled and leftover items.

  81. Christine says

    The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor – LOVE the title, so I know its gotta be good!! Just checked out his site (& am now an email subscriber)- his ideas are GENIUS, can’t wait to get started on a few!! I have a son heading off to college in the fall & by the samples, it will be a great book to help “fix-up” thrift store finds.
    Fantastic giveaway – thanks for the chance to win!

  82. Misty says

    I would love this book. I’ve recently stopped working as I’m 6 months pregnant with twins and I finally have the time to start doing things around my house. My 7 and 10 year old daughters have started watching craft shows with me and would love to help decorate the house.

  83. Two Dollars says

    Why would I want to win this book? To get my craft on ya silly!

  84. AmandaSue says

    This book sounds AWESOME! I’d love to win this because the white-ness and boredom in my house is starting to be lame! I need to spice things up and I think I left my creativity in 2009…

    unforgetable_dreamer_always (at)

  85. okac says

    I’d love this book because I usually try to make things from stuff I already have. This would inspire me for even more! And open my brain up to looking at things in thrift stores!

  86. lisa fulmer says

    I’d love to win this book because I want to liven up my studio and bedroom decor and I need some inspiration! Thanks for the opp!

  87. Robyn says

    I would love, love, love to have this book around for those rainy Portland days when I need a little project!

  88. Janet says

    I would love to own this book since there is always something new to learn. I love to read it and put my own twist on the projects.

  89. Melissa P says

    Count me in to win! I really do need more craft projects on my To Do List. 😉 Well, that may be a stretch, but I always need/want inspiration. And this book looks to have plenty of that.

  90. DANA says

  91. The Dutch Girl says

    As soon as the ice and snow go away, that should be any day now – it’s -15 outside, I am going to do some serious painting and decorating. I need inspiration!

  92. EileenMV says

  93. Tammy says

    I would LOVE to win this book. I have been looking for something just like this to motivate and inspire my redecorating on a budget project I have going on right now!

  94. Laure Janus ~ Little Joys Studio says

    I’d love Mark’s book because I’m a mod podge addict and since I’m currently unemployed (not by my own choice) I can’t just run out and get it. What a great artistic pick me up for me or anyone! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  95. CREATIVE MIND says

  96. ShellyRaeWood says

    Oh I LOVE Mark! He is amazing and so full of energy and ideas! I’d LOVE to own his book. WHat a treasure that would be! :)

  97. sparker says

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  100. Jenn says

    Pick me, pick me! I’m so intrigued just from the few images you posted, and I want to see all the projects the book holds – how exciting! I would love to use it!

  101. Sunny Day says

    I would love to have this book. When we sold our house in 2004 and moved into a 38 foot RV, I had to get rid of all my craft books. We have now settled down in another house and would love to have this book to start me off again.

  102. Carrie says

  103. Elizabeth says

    I love doing crafts and projects….but i STINK at decorating. i don’t just want this book, i need it.

    elizabethopheim AT gmail DOT com

  104. Kelly says

    I have a newer house full of rooms that need decorating and nothing beats decorating with items, art, crafts, etc that you’ve made yourself. I am running low on ideas so this book would be a godsent.

    Good luck to everyone who enters the give a way. Whomever wins it will, I am sure, be estatic and full of ideas and inspiration after reading it.

  105. LP says

  106. shobelle says

    Hi Amy,

    I’d love to win this book because even though my husband and I have lived in our home for 9 years now, it is still sparingly decorated.

    And, we have some lovely IKEA pieces to go with our lovely “heirloom” furniture. I can barely put together a matching outfit, much less decorate my home. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity!!


    shonijunk (at) yahoo (dot) com

  107. OSP says

  108. Dana says

    This book sounds amazing! I recently got into crafting and any inspiration I can get my hands on would help!! Awesome giveaway!!

  109. Connie says

  110. The Queen of Quite a Lot says

    I’m always interested in ideas and inspiration that are actually able to be accomplished without a going out and buying a bunch of stuff.

  111. Moira says

    I want this book, because.. well who in their right mind wouldn’t?

    Great book, great author.. I’d love to style up my home a la Mark!

  112. Lesley says

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  114. HouseKey says

    As an avid crafter (of all sorts!) and a college student on a budget, I’m always trying to build my knowledge and skill of anything and everything crafts and if I can make my apartment look amazing on a dime while using most of the supplies I already have stock piled, well that would be just great! The Big-Ass Book of Crafts is as of now my go-to book and conquering home decor is the next thing to check off my list and this book would be a perfect place to start! Thanks for the consideration!

    [email protected]

  115. -cristy- says

    Love. Love. Love…. I’d love a copy of the BABHD!! Just used the link u included to his website & his ideas are so great… awesome giveaway!

  116. Rachel says

    I was completely sold when you mentioned IKEA revamps – I should definitely at least try to disguise the fact that some of my furniture previously lived in a dorm room, right?

  117. mommypants13 says

  118. drea says

    I have his craft book and would love this one too! As a military wife, we move frequently and I love ideas to personalize our various homes!

  119. says

    Hi Amy! I would LOVE to win this book as I have made a resolution to overhaul our bland, empty, boring apartment into one that we can proudly call home. I’m a new stay-at-home mom and I jumped into the adventures of homemaking with the resolve to beautify our home within a constrained budget. This book will definitely make my adventure more exciting! Thank you for the chance to win…


  120. Cassie Wredberg says

  121. geoleoan says

    thank you for the oppurtunity to win,
    I love to craft and i need some ideas for giving more personal style to my home

  122. Parisa says

    I just moved back to California and my apartment is void of personality (but tons of old and new IKEA furniture). This book would provide much needed inspiration! ([email protected])

  123. Melanie P. says

    I would love this book because I am in a creative rut and need a jumpstart. It looks fabulous!
    happydaisy at cheerful dot com

  124. Katelyn says

    Oooh! I want this book because I like in an apartment and my walls are empty!! I have a very small decorating budget and have done pretty much nothing! I need ideas!

  125. Jen says

    Who WOULDN’T want this book? That headboard project on the cover has me swooning! Oh please send the Big Ass my way!!! =)

  126. Erica says

    I would love to have this book! I’m always looking for new inspiration for cheap do-it-yourself decor.

  127. Anonymous says

  128. Kathy Lungren says

    This book would be so fantastic for me right now. I am recently retired and I have my whole house to redecorate and revamp now that I’m home and have time for new projects. I love crafting and sewing with recycled and leftover items.

  129. My My Mindy says

    I would love to win this book because I have a lot of decorating to do and not a lot of cash!

  130. Diznee says

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  132. Keith says

    Having been unemployed for most of the past two years, I’ve found myself with plenty of time on my hands! There is nothing more satisfying than creating something practical, useful and fantastic out of nothing. In order to stave off bouts of depression, I turn to my creative side in order to keep myself sane. Would love to have a copy of this book …what a wonderful “medicine”!!! Who knows, I might even create something to bring in some much needed income!!!

    Keith – [email protected]

  133. aj says

    This book looks fascinating! There are so many things I want to change in my house, but have no definitive ideas of what kind of style I want to employ, which hampers the supplies-retrieving aspects of doing the crafts. I’ve a feeling I could get a lot of great ideas to work with out of this book.

  134. Mel says

    I’m always looking for a big ass project and a big ass book probably would give me some big ass ideas!

  135. Janet says

    It’s the age old story: when you have the money, you don’t have the time and when you have the time, you don’t have the money. I’m currently unemployed and bored out of my mind. One can only spend so much time looking for a job and cleaning her house. So, to give myself some purpose, I went out tonight, bought some Mod Podge (my mom and I used to Mod Podge in the early 70s!), a book of pretty scrapbook paper and googled “Mod Podge Projects”. I believe it was some sort of divine intervention that brought me here. I’m sure by the time it comes, I’ll be out of Mod Podge and ready to do some more stuff. Please consider me for the prize. Please, please, please, please!

  136. Anonymous says

  137. A Little Decorum says

    Wow! This has been on my Amazon Wish List for awhile! I would love to curl up with this baby and get motivated on some new projects.
    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  138. jengd says

    Hey now! Don’t be knocking on our 2 Billy Bookshelves or the two bedroom sets in our house that are from IKEA… or the shelving units and table in my craft room from there or… OK. That’s why I could use the book. :)

  139. Barbie says

  140. Sarah says

    I’m definitely intrigued to read the Ikea section. Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

  141. Kimberly says

  142. Isabelle says

    Looks like an awesome book! I would love to have it, but I think my hubby would enjoy it even more! He’s pretty crafty. He just doesn’t want anyone to know! TFS!!

  143. Felicia Kramer says

    I’m determined to use up all the “stuff” I have before I buy any new supplies for crafts. So I definitely need this book because I have a lot of stuff!!

  144. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says

  145. Jeanine says

    I’ll need help to impress my beloved when I *finally* move to be with him, after too many years of both of us dragging our feet.

  146. LorieDE says

    I would love to win this book! I’m looking for new, exciting projects and this book seems like it has many great ideas!

  147. B. says

    I want this book because it is BAD-ASS 😉 and I need some serious help decorating my little home! Thank you for the chance to win.

    p.s. I am in LOVE with your blog!

  148. Amy says

    I’d love to win this book! I have several Ikea end tables that need to be rebirthed as something fabulous for the basement t.v. room. Amy {[email protected]}

  149. Nazanin says

    I hope to win this book because I have never won anything in this blog. 😛
    And of course because I am a crafty girl. :)

  150. CountryBelle says

    Just because I LOVE how much that book looks like it is speaking to me. Looks fantabulous!

  151. Le Chan says

    Wow, this book looks like it would be really helpful, as I’ve been living with bare walls for the past two years! Would love to find out how to make framed homemade art.

  152. Stephanie says

    Ok so this book will save my marriage I am sure of it, based off of this point you made

    “The use of readily available materials. I’ve never known of anyone as good at developing projects with materials I already have around the house, ever. I’m telling you that for most of the projects in this book, you likely already have most of the items – and if you don’t, you can get them quickly at your local hardware store or Target.”

    Because my husband wants to know what I am going to do with all this stuff I have and our house is like overflow things from Target, Lowes and Hobby Lobby! Ha Ha Ha . . . maybe if I turned some of this stuff into art and things for gifts it would save our marriage!

    So please help me out I want to stay married and have beautiful things!I already see the frame with the paint samples is going in our bedroom! He will love that something has finbally come of those!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    [email protected]

  153. Michelle says

  154. Michele Pacey says

    hello! count me in! who doesn’t need this kind of inspiration in their crafty library? i sure do!

    thanks for the giveaway Amy!

  155. alysiaduncan says

    I am really new to crafting. I’m a mother of four who recently decided to quit my job to be at home with my kids. I have been trying to get ideas for DIY decorating. I’ve recently become extremely interesting in “going green” and reusing, refinishing etc. This book would be such a HUGE help in that direction for me!

  156. Melanie says

    I need some ideas …. we have been here for 7 years and I need to spruce it up … on a budget. With a 7, 5 and 2 year old all BOYS I need budget friendly ideas!

  157. Suzuka says

    I’m getting close to finishing college, and about to strike out on my own – something like this (especially being in the theatre design field) would be absolutely amazing!

  158. bms says

    I used to be crafty. I WANT to be crafty again. I’ve been spending tons of time looking up various crafting sites, and attempted a few recently. This book looks AMAZING!

  159. The Wool Acorn says

    Oh, I need this book…. I’ve been in this house for 5 years and it’s like I’ve UNdecorated!!!

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  162. Heather A says

    I would love this book! Some of the projects you’ve posted look fabulous and I would love to learn how to reproduce the effect.

  163. crazydaisy says

    I would like to win this book and make my cookie-cutter military housing a unique hideaway!

  164. Tiffany says

    I would love to win this book because my home decor (or lack thereof I should say) seriously needs some help, and I need it to be super cheap but still look nice..

  165. Gweny says

    Okay, so everyont would love to have this book..HEEHEE I’ve just got to know how that lamp was made. I must have it. I finally finished my living room and I say that lightly. Its the decorating part that has me stumped. I worry about over doing it. Great Find Amy.

  166. Anonymous says

  167. Amanda Socci says

    I would love to win this book because I’m a HUGE Mark Montano fan. I also can’t afford to buy any of his books right now – shoestring budget for a family of 3, about to be a family of 4 in less than one month!

    Once the baby comes, I’ll be able to enlist the help of my older daughter to help with our creatively fun mod podge projects. What better way to bond with a new baby and a sibling than with glue and some awesome craft projects courtesy of Mark Montano!!!

  168. Stacey Jo says

  169. says

    My husband, toddler and I live in a small rented apartment and I am always looking for home decor ideas to create a nice atmosphere. Plus I possibly own way too much Ikea furniture. :)

    callaloosoupdesigns “at”

  170. says

    This book is greatly needed! Newly married and finding ourselves in an unfurnished home with bits and pieces of mismatched furniture around the place is really getting to me, I wish we could do something to pull it all together and this book could inspire us!

  171. Anonymous says

  172. Katt says

    Living in an apratment I am always searching for ways to ‘spruce’ up the place on a VERY tight budget. This book would be perfect! Thanks for the chance to win and the review!

  173. Anonymous says

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  175. billiejo says

    Mark Montano is fabulous and this book looks like so much fun! Thanks for the chance to win.
    my dot billiejo at gmail dot com

  176. Eisbärin says

    Well, what can I say… I NEED this book – desperately! My house was altered about a year and a half ago and it still is a mess because I have no spare cash (side effect of crafting?) I would sooo love to start doing some nice home decor to make it a nicer place to live in!
    Love, Alex

  177. Niki says

    I would love this book to add to my big ass book of crafts by Mark! I love his budget friendly ideas and maybe, just maybe this will help with postings on my brand new blog!

  178. Gloria Westerman says

    Some of us have the ability to just pull creations from their hat…..and the rest of us have to visual inspiration and instruction….and I’m one of those people… I would love to have this so my inspiration can score….and not to mention the “how to”….thank you for the chance to win this fabulous book…..

  179. Megan says

    I would love to win this book because I hope to buy a house in the next year or so. I will need some inexpensive ways to decorate after such a huge purchase. This book looks amazing.

    TerraBella01 AT gmail DOT com

  180. Carla G says

  181. Melanie says

    I would like to win this because I FINALLY started cleaning out our “office” yesterday (really it just became a big storage room…as in just throw it in there). I’m turning it into a craft room and it’s a complete blank canvas and I’m a complete design virgin. I’d love to get this book for ideas, especially b/c it’s using reused materials, which help on the budget for the room. Then I can spread out to the rest of the house! 😀

  182. starkfam4 says

    I would love this book! Always looking for inspiration, and this book looks like it is just my style.

  183. Pam says

    My reality consists of crafting, book collecting and a big ass. Clearly this is a good fit for me.

  184. Playful Pandora says

    I don’t own a crafting book… I think I may have every other type out there but none on crafting! I do not know how this happened, but I figure I might as well try to win one and start my collection!

  185. Brenda says

    Oh the fun I could have with this book. I want to learn how to redecorate on a very tight budget. Hehehe

    Burffrau @ aol dot com

  186. Lisa J says

    I would love to win this book.
    I need some ideas on how to decorate using the few items I have and items I could get for free and then make them fabulous. fingers crossed!

  187. catnap says

    He’s awesome, I love his ideas. I need his magic touch in my house, and I’d be tickled to have his autograph!

  188. says

    this book could be a jumpstart to a new life for me and my kids. Soon to be ex had been having an affair for over a year and half. Found out, then shortly after got a foreclosure notice on our house. He hadn’t been paying the mortgage. Now we are living with my parents getting ready to move into our own place. We had to get rid of so much because I could only afford a small storage unit. I’m a crafty gal as our my kids. It would be nice to have that art therapy while dressing up our new digs. Hopefully to create some new happy memories.

  189. Kelly Sas says

    I would LOVE to have this book because:
    1: I am a HUGE fan of Marks
    2: I don’t have a creative bone in my body. (I can make almost anything, but can’t think up an idea – I am great at instructions)
    3: I love to win – it makes my life so exciting.

  190. Dida says

  191. linda from arizona says

    I would love to win this book because we just moved into our new house and I am desperately in need of some good ideas to decorate. I want something new and refreshing, I want to do it myself.

  192. Kay says

    Oh my gosh, I want and NEED this book so bad! My house is in serious need of a “facelift on a budget” and this could be the answer to my prayers! I love Mark Montano’s sense of style-his ideas are awesome!

  193. Sarita says

    I love that this book appeals to both men and women. I think my husband is about sick of frilly, girly crafts. When I made the coffee filter wreath he just about died!

  194. maparker64 says

    First of all, just because it has the word “ass” in title, I would LOVE it! (I have a small affliction to anything with that in the title). But it looks like an awesome book! =)

  195. whymsicalclarity says

    i would love love love to win this because there are so many craft tools around my apartment and no ideas for them!!

  196. Megsp22 says

  197. Teri "Terrific" says

  198. Arathi says

    This book is the best way to make wonderful things out of all the materials that I have been stocking up and waiting for good crafting ideas! :)

  199. jordanbev5 says

    Mark Montano is a crafting genius! Love this book but am looking forward to getting his newest one: PULP FICTION!!!! on Paper crafting which is my forte!

  200. Crystal says

    oh i would love this book! i am determined this is they year to finish all my decorating & this would help so much! i just adore that newspaper framed art too! thanks for the chance! hugs! (crystalbeshear at

  201. Haleel says

    Small 1bedroom apartment furnished mostly with craigslist finds any help in the decor department is Greatly appreciated! Would love this book for awesome ideas! Thanks for the opportunity!

  202. Scrap2day says

    I am laughing because you said why do I need this book! Anyone that knows me knows I desperately need this book.
    We bought a home (a fixer upper) and’s really a fixer upper!
    I wouldn’t walk on the floors barefooted until my hubby put new floors down. I need all the ideas I can get! he he he

  203. SMD says

    I would love to win this book to get some inexpensive ideas to help decorate my rather plain house.

    sarademay at cox dot net

  204. Lesabe says

    I would love the book for inspiration and creativity ideas =) I am going to be moving soon and some new decor would be great !

  205. Carleen says

    I need to win this book because my home is bare & I have a tight budget. Always willing to try something new.

  206. Sheena Gossett says

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  208. Megan says

    My husband and I are poor students living in a tiny apartment. I think the IKEA section was written just for me. I need the ideas in this book!

    dearmegs at

  209. Stacia says

    I want to win this book because I have the hardest time trying to decorate the house. Then there is the matter of getting things to have a certain flow that I REALLY have a hard time with. HELP! :)

  210. rickimoo says

    Lived in the same house now for 33 years. Need some new ideas for changing it up. I need the book!!!

  211. last minute lynn says

    This book looks like it has the funniest ideas. I would love to own a copy, so I could try some of the great ideas. Thank you.

  212. melyssa_marie says

    I need this book becuase I just moved from my own apartment back to my childhood room in my parents basement. With my boyfriend. I need all the help I can get to turn this semi-finished basement into a chic and cheap apartment to hold us over till I finish school and move out. Thanks for the opportunity!

  213. Cynthia says

    I would love to win this book. I love the idea of taking ordinary and cheap materials and making something unique.

  214. says

    We’ll be moving in a few months to a new town and will FINALLY be able to get a house. But, because of budget, I’m sure we’ll get Great Aunt Ethel’s home that hasn’t been redone in 65 years. So, lots of projects in store for me! This book would be a fabulous resource.

    Thanks for the chance to enter!

  215. elisekayem says

    I would LOVE this book!! My new years resolution is to finish renovating and decorating our house! This would be an awesome book to use in the process!!

    elisegeorgoussis at gmail dot com

  216. HTRenz says

  217. sockamom13 says

    I would love to win this book as my home needs updating & I just loooove the name,”The Big Ass Book of Home Decor” Come on you can’t help but smile w/a name like that.

  218. Mitchgreen says

    Who wouldn’t want a book with Big Ass written on it the cover!!!

    Great looking ideas..

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  219. pam says

    Who doesn’t need Mark’s books? Mr Brilliant! I am a huge, huge fan and if i win I will spend hours and hours dabbling around with his ideas!

    Please add my name to the hat. Let’s see – I am probably number 5,293!

  220. Karen says

    I *heart* Mark…he found me once on Myspace and added me “just cause he liked my zebra print coat”…lol…I have really wanted to get this book but just never had a chance to. I’ve been caregiver to my mother for the last eight months and she just passed away from breast cancer two weeks ago. I could not bring myself to do anything creatively during that time. But I am feeling a very strong need to create all of a sudden…I guess I need an outlet for some of the grief to manifest itself and work my way back into life. The book would most certainly serve as inspiration to get back in the game.

  221. Karen says

    Oooh, if I had this book, then maybe I could use up the hundreds of little things I’ve been collecting forever and make something with them!

  222. Michelle says

    Of course a book like this will come in very handy as my son gets his first place (a house he’s buying to rehab). He’s the builder, I am the decorator — for this one time only — and his budget is very limited. Oh, oh, pick me, pick me (she says, hopping up and down in her seat with excitement).

  223. erin says

    My name is Erin, and I just discovered your blog tonight and I am officially in LOVE. I am 16, and my dream is to be an interior designer. Since my mom won’t let me decorate the whole house, i stick to just my room. It is slowly turning greatness. I would love this book to inspire me in decorating my room, but also give me cool gift ideas for my friends, so I can contribute to their rooms one unique gift at a time. You can email me @ [email protected]

  224. Rachel says

    Ooooh ahhhh eeeeh oohhh! I have an EMPTY basement living area just screaming to be cheaply decorated using the junk I already own and can’t seem to get rid of. Pick me pick me!

  225. Marissa says

    This book looks like so much fun! Crafting makes me happy. Home decorating makes me happy. Doing both with little money makes me REALLY happy!

    And I loooooove IKEA hacking!!

  226. Alice says

    Thank you so much for this great giveaway! One of my goals is to start making our house a home with my own DIY projects. This looks like a fabulous book to get started with!

  227. Sound Horn Please says

    My new year resolution was to get all my DIY projects done and concentrate on decor. Would LOVE this book!

  228. Daniel, Kylie, and Grant says

    I would love to win this book because I have a small budget…rather no budget…so using things around the house sounds great!

  229. lasthalfdragon says

    I would love this book because I’m a college student with a budget and any crafty ideas for decorating would be helpful.

  230. Athena says

    I would love to win this book because I’m relatively new to crafting and this book would give me great ideas for inexpensive home decor and other projects. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

    cereza25 at yahoo dot com

  231. Connie says

    I so need this! While it makes economic sense to live in the same house the my husband and his ex bought 20+ years ago, I really need to make it mine by giving it a make-over…please? :) Thanks and love the blog!

  232. Anne Marie@Married to the Empire says

    Love it! I already have his Big-@$$ Book of Crafts, so I’d love to add this one to my collection.

  233. Plush Possum Studio says

    We just couldn’t believe it! And this is such a great product line. Soon we’ll be able to learn more about all the “flavors” Mod Podge offers.
    We can’t thank you enough! What a fun surprise!!!

  234. Usagi says

    When I saw that this book was coming out, I immediately added it to my Amazon wishlist. I know it’ll be a valuable resource in the next few months, as I’m gearing up to move into a new house. This isn’t just any house either. It’s my first house that’s mine. I’ve never lived on my own, and I’m 31. I moved from my parents house into my husband’s house. After 10 years, we decided to go our separate ways, and for the first time in my life, I will be living on my own. I have free reign to decorate everything just how I want it, but having never done it before, I’ll need all the help I can get!

  235. Anonymous says

    I would love to win this book! We are working to help a family get a home. Decorating will be on a shoestring. Mark’s insight would be so-o-o- helpful!


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