A passion for reclaiming and repurposing furniture and household items has led to the creation of a new business for a local woman. Joyce Fuller opened The House of Blue in late October to offer some of her creations to the public.

“It really started out as something I enjoyed doing for myself,” said Fuller. “But after awhile I discovered I had completely filled my available space, and I didn’t want to stop finding, reclaiming and repurposing these treasures.”

As Fuller continued to find and restore antiques, rebuild furniture and household items, and reclaim and repurpose old farmhouse wares into artistic and practical everyday items, her inventory began to grow.

Then when a tenant at her rental property moved out, the timing was right and The House of Blue was born.

Located on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, The House of Blue resides in a blue house of course, just west of the Lighthouse of Faith Church.

As a former residence, the new store is set up with a number of themed rooms.

“We have a little something for everyone,” said Fuller. “There is a kitchen room, bed room and even a guys’ room.”

That latter features a number of tools, hunting and fishing collectibles and much more, perfect for decorating a den, and office or even a man cave.

The Lady Blue Collection features a wide variety of refinished furniture and refurbished collectibles as well as antiques and repurposed items.

The House of Blue also features a full-line of handmade soaps and lotions.

“It is sort of the same story,” said Fuller. “I started out making the soaps and lotions for me and my family and we couldn’t use it all.”

Fuller has found several recipes she likes and also has come up with several more on her own. She makes oatmeal soap, goat milk soap, bath salts, sugar scrubs, body lotions, lip balms, foot balms, shower steamers and much more.

To see what the House of Blue has to offer, plan on attending the Holiday Open House this Sunday from noon to five.

The House of Blue is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. For more information call Joyce at 660-851-1422 or visit The House of Blue of Facebook.