The Heart of the Home



As I was seeking the Red River Valley for homes to feature, I knew I was looking for a home and kitchen that filled me with a certain nostalgia, like all the fond memories I had as a child learning to make pancakes with my dad for the first time, or making lefse with my mom–a Norwegian tradition. When Interior Designer Melanie Iverson of Mosaic Fargo connected with me regarding this kitchen remodel, I instantly knew it was the perfect fit. Follow along for one of our most beautiful kitchen renovation features yet.


Kent and Amy Moser moved into their beautiful Rosecreek home with their three children in February of 2012. Both have lived in Fargo-Moorhead since moving to the area for college. The Mosers liked the neighborhood because of the quiet cul-de-sac, mature trees, and proximity to Centennial Elementary and Discovery Middle School. “When we moved in, we were looking for more space, and this house provided that,” said Amy. “We liked the layout of the home, and we knew we wanted to do updating and remodeling when we moved in, and we were excited to make the home our own.”

Although they planned to remodel the kitchen fairly soon after moving in, life became busy and it ended up being nine years before the Mosers started the process. During the early months of Covid, when the family was hanging out at home much more than they were used to, the Mosers finally decided they needed to make some changes.


Although the kitchen was a nice size, the Mosers didn’t like the layout. There was plenty of counter space but only a small peninsula with seating for two or three. “When we entertained, there was no space for guests to hang out in the kitchen area,” said Amy. “It was also closed off from the front of our house and was dark and dreary most of the day.”

The goal was to create a bright, open kitchen with an island. The Mosers wanted plenty of space for their kids and friends to hang out. The old kitchen was next to a formal dining room, which was almost never used. They wanted to open up into the dining room to allow for space to allow for a nice sized island, as well as open the kitchen to the windows in the front of the home.


In addition to the concerns about the kitchen space which, the Mosers also had a desk area in their breakfast nook that was just a place where papers and junk tended to gather. The desk was never used and the space always seemed messy and disorganized. “James and Melanie helped us transform that space into a bar area,” said Amy. “We closed off open railing on our staircase to allow for a shiplap wall with shelves–it is now one of my favorite spaces and it looks so much better than the old desk area.” The space also gained storage and a beverage fridge was added below.