Bruce Moffett — one of Charlotte’s best chefs and owner of Good Food on Montford, Stagioni, Barrington’s, Bao and Broth and N.C. Red — and his wife Katrina, a creative licensing manager for the Laura Ashley brand, were kind enough to take me on a tour of their house (and make me a beautiful charcuterie board for lunch).
Their home is full of artwork and collectables that are deeply personal, and it’s where the Moffetts want people to stay a while, drink wine and eat good food — not unlike their restaurants.
The house: The Moffetts moved into the house four years ago, and prior to that spent 11 months renovating it — and it took an entire year to find.
They redesigned the entire layout of the house and nearly doubled its size — they brought it up to 4,418 square feet with four bedrooms, a guest house over the garage, an over-sized galley kitchen, huge dining room and more.
The money: The house was listed in the $600s, and they ended up spending around an additional $350,000 on the renovation. “You feel like you’re just hemorrhaging money for 11 months,” Bruce told me. He told me they did save a lot of money though by hiring a residential designer instead of an architect — they spent around $3,000 instead of $40,000.
Every duck has a story: You’re not going to find many Home Goods knick-knacks in the Moffett house, but it’s certainly not lacking in curated decor. A huge part of their home’s design are the built-ins, which are packed with family heirlooms and artwork.
“This is who we are, our families are in here,” Katrina told me, pointing to the wall-sized built-in in their dining room. “Like we have Bruce’s grandmothers cookbook, and every wooden duck has a story written by Bruce’s mother. Over there is his grandmother’s photography.”
From shells collected on family beach trips in the entry, to an 11-foot tall Queen Elizabeth painting created by Katrina’s cousin, almost everything you see in their house has history.
Enough wine to sink a ship: Next to the family heirlooms, you’ll notice tons of wine glasses (and the most beautiful wine fridge and rack are in the kitchen).
“We have enough wine to sink a ship,” Katrina joked (sort of). “We love to host. The first year we moved in, we hosted our (neighborhood) Christmas party.”
Their home was designed to accommodate tons of people (they had close to 100 for Bruce’s cook book launch party). Bruce and Katrina told me their priority was for their house to have defined but over-sized spaces with tons of seating so people can come in and relax. Their dining table fits 10, and they have two sitting areas in their living room.
Simple is best: As a chef, Bruce said he values efficiency, which really paid off when it came to wading through the renovation. For finishes, flooring, cabinetry, moldings and other details, they picked the one design they liked best and used it throughout the house. So the shaker cabinets in the kitchen are the exact same as the ones used in the bathrooms, and bathroom tiles are the same in each bath. “Choose simple, because simple is best, and just run with it,” Katrina said.
A chefs kitchen: A nod to his New England roots, Bruce wanted a spacious galley kitchen with a few of his must-haves.
“I stripped it down to what I really wanted: a big range, the refrigerator I have is the one I always wanted — that was a gift to me, from me — and a big cutting board. I’ve got my garbage can below, knives above, so I stay in that corner — it’s very efficient.”
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