The Lyin’, the Bitch and the Wardrobe

(With apologies to C.S. Lewis)

The large bedroom, originally Katherine Winckler’s room, has two closets on the north wall.  The smaller closet is lower, creating a deep shelf on top, and is basically unchanged from the original FLW design.

Small Wardrobe

The larger closet, however, has been through many alterations.  We found it in a state of well-meaning repair, with a wood veneer and duck taped panel on the back wall covering who knows what.  Never did find out what was behind there, but it surely wasn’t Narnia!

Large Wardrobe BEFORE

The Lyin’…Knowing my aversion to mice, everyone told me the glue traps set while we were absent were for spiders, not mice.  After discovering dried corn in all my boots a few days after we moved in for the winter, even I could figure out that we weren’t on a spider hunt!

The Bitch…Do YOU like to find corn in your boots?  Of course we set numerous mouse traps, and I developed a ritual of banging on the closet door, waiting for any scurrying, then preparing myself for the possibility of a mouse in one of the traps before I opened the door to retrieve my clothes.  AND, I complained.  Long, loud, and to anyone who would listen, including my husband, who I suspect was just feigning interest.

The Wardrobe…Enter Bob, the amazing contractor we hired to restore and preserve the Goetsch-Winckler House while making it livable for the 21st century. (More about these projects later.)  Bob rebuilt my closet, removed the “panel to Narnia”, constructed usable shelves, and turned my Frank Lloyd Wright House back into a Usonian HOME. 

Large Wardrobe AFTER