After earning his MA at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Mark Montano started his career in New York City as a fashion designer working for Oscar de la Renta and then opened his first boutique in the East Village of New York. Soon after, he began showing his own collection at NY Fashion Week and was the youngest member to be inducted into the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) He was also the winner of the coveted Cotton Incorporated Award for design.
Feeling fashion was not enough, he eventually moved to television to become part of the design team for TLC’s While You Were Out and the host of TLC’s 10 Years Younger, as well as co-host of the Style Network’s My Celebrity Home, We TV’s She’s Moving In, and FOX’s My Home 2.0.
During this time he was a contributing editor to CosmoGIRL! magazine for ten years. He has also dished out décor advice as a contributing editor for The New York Post and Knight Ridder with a weekly Q&A article in over 70 US newspapers.
Mark is the author of the original The Big-Ass Book of Crafts (which is currently in its 29th printing), Super Suite: The Ultimate Bedroom Makeover Guide for Girls, The Big-Ass Book of Crafts 2, The Big Ass Book of Home Decor, The Big-Ass Book of Bling, Dollar Store Décor, Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects, and Window Treatments & Slipcovers for Dummies.
He recently produced and hosted his own DIY show titled Make Your Mark for PBS/APT.
Here is an archive of Mark’s articles for Gel Press.
Learn more about Mark on his site, markmontanoblogs.blogspot.com and his social media accounts: