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 interior design firm. Over the years, Mr. Sharkey has collaborated with Martha Stewart on the decoration of all her homes. He has also worked with her daughter, Alexis Stewart, as well as numerous MSLO executives and senior designers, to decorate their respective residences. He believes that a truly beautiful room is one that hasn't been "decorated" at all, but rather "considered." "It's not about dictating a set of rules," he says, "but about disseminating information so that people can apply the techniques we teach in the magazine and on the radio and television, and then do it in their own way to create something they truly love and are proud of. There are no absolutes. You just have to be inspired, passionate and informed. Then you take it and make it your own. That’s really where beauty comes from."For him, the biggest compliment comes when a reader says, "I learned this from the magazine, but I did it my way." Mr. Sharkey has a degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.