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I FINALLY MADE IT TO GRACELAND

I went on a last minute road trip to Nashville last weekend and made a pit stop in Memphis so that I could finally take a walk thru Graceland where Elvis Presley lived until his death. I was surprised to learn that he bought the estate at 22 especially when I saw the design aesthetic of the place. What I loved about the house was that each room was its own different world with its own “theme”. Walking thru the house, I could imagine Elvis leading his friends from one room to the other depending on what he was feeling at that particular moment. Elvis loved white and he also loved monkeys. Both of which I saw as a theme in the house. And we all know he liked late nights, so there were plenty of rooms to hang out in. Take a look at the rooms I was able to get a photo of and please excuse the quality of the photos, the lighting made it very hard to get a good picture.

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The living room as you enter the house with all white carpets and sofas.

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Elvis’ piano sits on the other side of some amazing peacock stained glass.

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A portrait hangs on the wall in the living room.

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The elegant dining room with turquoise velvet curtains.

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My favorite room in the house was his TV watching room. He would have all three tv’s on dialed into each of the networks so he wouldn’t miss anything.

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This was one of my favorite rooms in the house.

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I love the modern design and the accents of skulls throughout

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The billiards room was covered in pleated printed fabric on every inch of the room and ceiling.

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I feel sure there were many late nights in this room.

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The Jungle room: fake fur and carved wood furniture, oh my! And a built in waterfall. This room represented his love for Hawaii.

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To no surprise, there seemed to be a bar in every room.

After walking through the house, you are led out to a small building that leads you through rooms that are filled with Elvis memorabilia including all of his awards, photos, movie posters and costumes. It was pretty unbelievable to see how much he accomplished in such a short time and to witness some of his amazing stage costumes so close. Most of the photos did not come out in this building, but here are a few of my favorites.

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Two of his famous on stage looks.

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The work in his one piece stage costumes was really amazing

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Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding day outfits.

Elvis is buried right there on his property and you are led to the grave site which sits right by the pool and adjacent to a pasture full of horses.

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The whole experience was beautiful and inspiring on many different levels. I felt his energy very strong in particular rooms of the house and I felt grateful that Lisa Marie decided to keep this house for his fans all across the globe to come and visit. If you ever have the chance to pass through, I would highly recommend it!

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