Fireplace mantel
Photo: Tria Giovan
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A Home in Progress

After a partnership of 15 years, the house and its inhabitants continue to make adjustments. Kurth has been making sketches of the oldest daughter's bedroom, which is ripe for an upgrade; built-ins will no doubt play a part. "It's the kind of house that does not have clutter because it has a lot of places to put things," Kurth says. And yet, she points out, "it still feels like a Cape, with a scale that's very comfortable and inviting."

Shown: Sconces with hidden wires flank the mantel's display shelf; the overmantel's elaborate crown gives it added prominence and a furniture-like look. The entire assembly was made from stock molding profiles and an MDF panel.

Molding; Sconces;
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