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rant manager. A few years of that and she
was ready for another change.
“I was in my late 20s when I went to
NESAD to study interior design,” she says.
“I loved it. It was an art-based program
with lots of drawing and color study. And
my background in two-dimensional design
really helped me.”
Encouraged by Jane Hassan, an inte-
rior designer with whom she had worked at
Albert Columbro’s and who was teaching at
NESAD, Finnerty applied for the job with
Hodgins. “Jane kept telling me, ‘You can
do this!’” says Finnerty. “So I really sold
myself to him.” It was 1990, before com-
puters had overrun design offices, and all
drawing was done by hand. “Mr. Hodgins
made me take a drafting test,” she recalls
She values her education and the lessons learned from her many mentors, yet
she believes that “much of what we do as
designers is intuitive. Sometimes it can
be hard to explain why something is right,
but you just know that it is.” She adds, “I
don’t consider myself having a style, so to
speak, but I definitely have a point of view.
As much as I love the complexities of our
profession, I am guided by simplicity — the
plan, the finishes, the architectural details,
and the decoration. The objective,” she
says, “is a place to let real life happen.”
She and her husband, William (Bill)
finnerty relaxes with her rescue cat, Buddy,
in the living room of her 850-square-foot condo.
“I’m really good at designing small spaces,” she
says with a laugh. The painting is by Diane
Afton, an art student who worked for Finnerty’s
father when she painted it in 1966.