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February 1, 2014

Travel treasures

Anderson's 'White House' takes on an Asian flair

Sue Taylor began her life in Anderson and is enjoying her retirement years in Anderson, but traveled the world in the meantime. Remnants of her voyages fill her home, especially from her three years in Japan.

“I have worked for every federal government agency there is,” she said. “Thanks to them, I’ve been to every state in the U.S. and Asia. I got my 50 states in.”

As an auditor, her services were needed in many locations – and she usually took advantage of the opportunity to experience new places.

“I love to see things,” she said. “I love to travel.”

Truly affected by her time in Japan, Sue has her home on West 14th Street decked out with Asian furniture, lamps, art, rugs, dolls and vases. In fact, the entryway greets guests with a Japanese wedding gown, shoes and a parasol – all posed on a stand found in Korea.

“They told me that they hang their wedding dresses on the wall like that,” she added.

Near the dress is an ornate vase perched atop an intricately-carved stand. Across from the dress are the dolls that were gifted to her by the couple from whom she rented a room. Colorful robes and exotic hats adorn the porcelain figures.

To the left is the dining room and to the right is the family room. After inheriting the home from her parents, Sue switched the purposes of these two spaces to better the flow of the house. Her parents bought the property in 1958, just one year before she graduated from Anderson High School.

“When I left, I said I would never come back,” she said with a laugh. “Never say never.”

Sue’s first big move was to California. She did return for a time and earned a bacherlor’s degree in accounting. Then the serious traveling began. Once her mother developed Alzheimer’s, however, she sold her house and moved back home to care for her aging parents.

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