PENDLETON – In a bold move, Tony and Leslie Taylor purchased their home from another state sight unseen. A friend had walked through with a video camera and posted the footage online, but the feel and details of a house cannot be measured remotely.
Fortunately, they were not only pleased with their decision, but amazed. While walking through for the first time, they were floored by the beauty and charm of their new space.
“It’s funny because years ago my dad drove me through this neighborhood and told me I needed to live here,” said Leslie, who works for a podiatrist in Fishers. “I thought we could never afford it. When we were looking this home, I didn’t want a lot of empty, wasted space – like in the homes I was seeing in Fishers and Geist. This fit my style.”
“This one is so unique in design,” added Tony, retired from the Army, but continuing his work in the finance program. He enjoys staying close to the troops as he trains them to use finance technology. “We like the country French look.”
“At one point I sold all my furniture and replaced everything with antiques,” said Leslie. “I could picture these antiques in this house and I like the European flair. It’s a very aesthetically pleasing house.”
Since the couple has traveled the world due to Tony’s career in the Army, most of these exquisite antiques are from Europe. Many were found dusty in a storage room in one location or anther around Belgium.
“I couldn’t believe people were just trying to get rid of these beautiful pieces,” said Leslie. “It was important to me to showcase them as best we possibly could.”
Perfectly arranged throughout the home are lovely one-of-a-kind pieces that tell their own stories. Rugs from Tony’s trips to Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia accentuate the floor. Copper pots from France hang in the kitchen. Crystal and glassware collected from thrift stores in Europe fill the butler’s pantry.