When Kevin Sharkey -- Martha Stewart Living's editorial director of decorating -- first laid eyes on the room, his instincts led him to his professional roots at Parish-Hadley, the venerable design house. "I wanted to bring back a bit of the 1980s, when Sister Parish so brilliantly mixed wicker and painted furniture with more formal pieces, and then, of course, used pattern with abandon," Kevin says. He knew florals would play a major role, but he also intended to temper Parish's traditionalism. "I looked through the lens of a young person, which meant working with the scale and palette to bring a bit of modernity to it," he says. The approach, however, was no less exuberant. "This was a spirited exercise in decorating, and my intention was for the room to inspire good times."