On Sharkey's Shelf: "The Big Book of the Hamptons"

Summer’s not over yet -- but Kevin’s got a plan for when it is.

Executive Editorial Director Decorating, Home, and Style

You know what drives me insane? When people try to end my summer early. I hear it every August: “Fall is just around the corner!” No, no, no. Fall is at least a month away -- September 21, to be exact. Today is still summer, there is still fun to be had, and no one asked you to rain (or, God forbid, snow) on my parade.

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Photography by: Courtesy of Assouline

If you live in New York City, nothing is more quintessentially “summer” than the Hamptons. On weekends, Manhattan becomes sticky, stuffy, and packed with tourists -- so many locals flee it for the cooler (and more fragrant) beaches of Long Island. I visit Martha’s East Hampton home as often as I can, and I love the time I spend there. Just a day or two leaves me refreshed and ready for the workweek’s breakneck speed -- which, for the record, does not observe the seasons.

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Photography by: WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ
A peek at Martha's East Hampton Home on Lily Pond Lane.

But fall is just around the corner (there, I said it), so I’m working on a contingency plan. Right now, it’s "The Big Book of the Hamptons," a beautifully shot and deftly curated photo collection that flaunts the community’s opulent taste and idyllic setting. While leafing through Long Island’s most extravagant homes and gardens, I can feel my shoulders drop in relaxation. I’m reminded why I work as hard as I do -- and reminded of the fact that doing so makes vacation that much sweeter.

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Photography by: Erik Freeland/Corbis
People who live in glass houses should invite me over.

Equal parts eye candy and motivation? I’ll take that any time of year. For now, summer’s not over yet. Race you to the Hamptons.

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Photography by: Courtesy of Assouline

How do you savor summer all year long?

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About the Author
Kevin Sharkey is Senior Vice President and Executive Editorial Director, Decorating, and Executive Creative Director, Merchandising for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO). A designer and all-around creative expert, he plays a vital role in shaping MSLO’s editorial content and product designs. Mr. Sharkey came to MSLO in 1995 from Parish-Hadley, a venerable New York City...

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