Phew- you made it through the holidays relatively unscathed- congratulations! And if you’re like me, you performed the thankless job of taking down and putting the holiday decorations away last week.

Suddenly the house looks a bit more naked, especially that little spot or nook where the tree used to be? Time for a micro makeover!

Believe it or not, one of the little annoyances in space planning and redecorating rooms is there is usually one little skinny, tall area in the room where not much fits comfortably in the space. If an object is too wide in a little area, it usually looks like like a stuffed sausage and looks out of proportion.

So you start doing strange searches on the net for things like “tall skinny furniture,” which I can tell you firsthand is a relatively futile Google search.

What can you do to “mind the gap for a micro makeover?”

Micro Makeover Options

Lighting

The first thing people think of when they need something long, skinny and tall is some sort of lighting apparatus. Ah yes, the ubiquitous 90’s torcheire- didn’t we all have one of these in our first apartments?


The problem was, they got REALLY hot (even sometimes catching fire), and most importantly, do you want to replay 1992 in your grown-up house?

Functionally, uplights, or torcheires do add some general, or ambient light to a room, but they work better by casting a soft, gentle glow and resulting shadows to an area, or used as accent lighting.

Here’s a room where we added one just for a bit of accent lighting: (this one looks better at night but it’s the only pic I had)

Today’s torcheires are less bright, (those old ones could light up a crime scene!) and more beautiful, albeit a little more pricey than that Wal-Mart special back in the 90’s. Yes, it’s time to grow up!

contemporary torcheire with glass shade

Two glass shades cast a warm glow.

If Arts and Crafts is more your thing, the stained glass here casts interesting patterns in a room

contemporary accent and task lighting fixture

A hybrid using accent light and task lighting (only try this look if your style is ultra contemporary!

Hww about a pillar of light? Retro, fun in a corner. Groovy, baby!

Objects D’Art

I have to admit, I’m in dangerous territory here. One of my favorite sculpture is Giacometti’s “Walking Man” and it would be the perfect thing to place in the “Chrismas Tree Zone.”

Giacometti Walking Man But, at $104 million at last auction, maybe a tad out of budget.

I like to look over at the Phiilips Collection for interesting tall, skinny objects d’arte. I think this might be a tad more affordable:

 

But admittedly, I’m on dangerous ground, because accessories are very personal. I like these too, you may not- that’s OK!

teak sculpture

Twisted teak piece sculpture for an organic element

 

Leaf standing sculpture

Leaf me alone!

Incidentally, all of these sculptures stand over 5 feet tall!

Screens

If it’s a corner, usually a multi-paneled hinged screen will be the ticket. This screen is neat for the mottled mirrored effect, and we’ve used it a few times over the yearsmirrored screen for corner makeover

There’s a host of interesting screens out there, but remember, it shouldn’t have a lot of visual weight unless you want the “Christmas Tree Zone” to be your focal point year round. Subtle, with perhaps a touch of bling, if you’re so inclined.

From Arteriors Home

Perfect for a drafty corner! By Bernhardt

Masculine and mid-century from Brownstone

Reading Nook

For some reason, my new puppy that I got for Christmas, Max feels safest in the corners of our house. (admittedly, I took this detour just to show him off!)

But why not create a little corner to be a little haven for yourself? The key here is proportion and scale to the room. But I know it should be comfy as well, so here’s a few from our suppliers that have served to fill the skinny, narrow corners.

Makeover chair by Fairfield

This updated wing chair by Fairfield Chair is tall ‘n skinny at W28 X H43

A lovely watercolor print on this sexy chair by Ambella Home. 29w X 46H

The Gossamer Wing Chair is even taller at 31W X 48’Hl!

The Haddam Chair by Kravet is 28W X 49H”

and here’s a room in Logan Square where we used a pair of Haddam chairs for height and drama

Logan Square Makeover using Kravet Haddam chairs in custom stripe fabric

Just a little food for thought if you’re holed up with the winter cold, like us here in Chicago.

Coming next week: the Internet and furniture shopping: pros and cons. Stay tuned!

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