gable dormers and a steadfast chimney lend a
storybook appeal to the 1768 house (below,
top) shared by Patricia Finn and Leon Martens
(below, bottom). A convenient gas fireplace
warms the original 12-by-12-foot space (left)
that Finn converted to a breakfast room.
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The American walnut flooring on the first floor.
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“IGREW UP A SHORT BIKE RIDE AWAY FROM HERE,” says interior designer Patricia Finn, speaking of the old Colonial house in Beverly, Massachusetts, that she and her husband, Leon Martens, have made their home. Her firm, Finn-Martens Design, is just another short bike ride away in the city center. But when the couple bought the house in 1991, Finn was still working as a consultant doing economic analysis, a career she pursued for more than
15 years before she enrolled first in a rendering class and then a full course load at the New York
School of Interior Design. Soon after, she found herself embarking on a second career.
Judging from her own house, it was the right choice.
Built in 1768 for a Revolutionary War sea captain, the house is a charmer, with steeply
gabled twin dormers added in the late 19th
century giving it a storybook appeal. The nar-
rative of how the couple came to buy the house
is something of a fairy tale.