September 12, 2011Graceland: A Kitschtastic Paradise
So…yeah. I have to admit that I was never a huge Elvis fan. I mean, I like his music and I won’t turn the channel if one of his movies comes on, but I’d never gone out of my way to find things featuring him, or even buy anything with his face on it.
Now, I love Elvis. I’ve actually purchased Elvis music. I’ve spent hours Googleing him. I’m thinking about reading books about him. More than one thing with his face on it is currently cluttering up my house. Why?
Because I went to Graceland.
I know what you are thinking. “How can this be? How can one person go from feeling ‘blah’ about Elvis one minute and being completely turned around the next just because you toured some house?”
Well, first off, Graceland isn’t just some house. It is THE house. The kitschiest mid-century house ever. The Disneyland of Mid-Century Kitsch. Kitschyland.
Still don’t believe me?
How about now?
This is the formal living room in Elvis’s house, and I was knocked completely speechless as soon as I stepped into it.
And here is the greatest piece from the living room (besides the stained glass peacocks): A portrait of Elvis himself, painted for his parents, who are in the picture below it. I actually squealed when I saw this.
Even Elvis had a Sputnik light!
The entryway with stained glass and iron scrollwork door.
We weren’t allowed upstairs, but we did get to see the suite Elvis’s parents used, which was wonderfully 50’s, with great lamps and even his mother’s dresses still in the closet!
Umm…a pink and purple bathroom with poodle wallpaper??? Hello!
The dining room, in all its gaudy glory…
…and it wouldn’t be complete without a television!
The kitchen. Can you imagine how many peanut butter and banana sandwiches were made here?
Elvis’s Flair oven!
The “window” in the kitchen overlooks the jungle room…which you will have to wait to see! Come back next Monday to see the rest of Graceland! You too will be converted!