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April 12, 2014

Starting over

Couple trades farm upkeep for lower maintenance home

PENDLETON -– Ryan and Janae Ledbetter may not have moved far geographically, but the differences in their lifestyle and surroundings are huge. A new style of house has called for new décor and furnishings, which is suiting the family well.

“We started over,” said Ryan, an attorney with an office in downtown Pendleton. “Our other house was like a job we worked on evenings and weekends. We wanted to spend more time with the kids and this house seemed to be low maintenance.”

Life at Ryan’s family farm, which has been passed relative to relative for 150 years, demanded a great deal of work as they cared for horses and tended five acres. The maintenance that always comes hand-in-hand with an older home was also a drag on time. Now their house is a haven of relaxation in a bustling neighborhood, Foster Branch Ridge.

“At the farmhouse we still had a lot of the furniture from when we were first married,” said Janae, who works alongside her husband at the office. “We had actually got rid of a lot of pieces in anticipation of a remodel we were planning. When we decided to move instead, we found ourselves without very much furniture.”

Likely furniture that outfitted a homestead would have appeared out of place in the newer French Country home that was selected. Fresh pieces perfectly suit the style of the home.

“We were drawn to the arches and finishes of this home,” said Janae. “I liked the French Country feel of the house – not to mention the layout. I didn’t want a great big house where the kids go to the other side of it and you don’t even see them.”

“It was a big step to move out of the family home with all that heritage, but the renovations needed became more of an undertaking than we were willing to endure,” said Ryan, who mentioned that the deed for the property – signed by Andrew Jackson – is hanging prominently on the wall. “We are planning to sell it to a family member. This house was kind of a blank slate. We are only the second owners and everything was very neutral. We liked that.”

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