The Most Impeccable Bachelor Pad We've Ever Seen

Our design philosophy has always been, "surround yourself with things you love." And it was working well until we looked around our apartments recently and realized we love a very…uh….eclectic mix of worldly home goods—placing our bedrooms' haphazard designs somewhere in-between hoarder and Moroccan bazaar. But, seeing as how we're going to be bundled up inside very soon, meeting Kevin Sharkey, Martha Stewart's right-whisk man (because we all know Ms. S. has whisks and glue-guns for hands), is making us realize simplifying our hibernation hide-out is the way to go. One space-saver? Sharkey's dining-room doubles as a ping-pong arena—trust us, it's flossy not fratty. We got a first-hand tour of Kev's 2,500-square-foot sleek, shiny, and spare stake in the Richard Meier towers on the Westside Highway—those views, that terrace, those closets—and we're ready to move in immediately, if not sooner! As Martha herself says, "It's a good thing."
Click through Kevin's incredible apartment for some expert advice from our favorite home boy!
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Which room is your favorite to decorate?
"My favorite room to decorate is probably the living room, especially now that the definition of “living room” has expanded to such a degree. I love the idea of incorporating a place to eat, sleep, and work in a living room. Furnishing those kinds of rooms that you just never have to leave is the most fun. My least favorite room to decorate is the kitchen. I like them simple and clinical like an operating room. I am a fanatic about cleanliness."

Kevin Sharkey in his living room.

All clothing by Thom Browne.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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"I really didn’t want to distract from the view in my living room so I kept all of the furniture low. It’s pretty much all mid-century—Paul McCobb, Warren McArthur, and Edward Wormley, except for the marble table which is 80s Miami. I haven’t named the plant in the corner, nor have I started talking to it, but I do consider him or her my roommate. I rarely use this room unless I am entertaining which I am doing with increasing frequency. I am a big fan of a neutral color palette as I deal with color and pattern all day long at the office. I like to inject color with accessories, in this case imperial yellow pillows—which are getting on my nerves and about to be replaced—flowers, and plants."

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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"Given that I live in an apartment that is basically a glass box and faces Calvin Klein’s, the pressure to keep things tidy and orderly is pretty high. Fortunately this dressing room that I designed with California Closets makes it easier."

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Do homes have “seasons,” like clothes?
"Like clothes, homes definitely have seasons. In the summertime, I like to roll up wool rugs or silk rugs and put down sisal. I would also recommend changing out silk lampshades for paper, or taking heavy curtains down and just living with shades. Big tropical plants bring the outdoors in. You should switch out flannel sheets for cotton sheets and instead of wool blanket you can have a cotton blanket. It’s the same as the way you would wear white jeans in the summertime, and switch to corduroy for fall."

Kevin's rainbow of beautiful ties.

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"My mood board is a giant bulletin board that I had installed on the inside of the door to my shoe closet. All sorts of ephemera make it onto the board, which changes regularly. The only two constants are the Avedon photo of Babe Paley and the pictures of Jon Kortajarena who I’m in love with—if the world was as it should be, he would be living here with me. Japanese soccer star Nakata has made it through a couple of rounds on the board, so it may end up being a trinity of Babe, Von and Nakata."

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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Which are your favorite NYC home stores?
"My favorite NYC home stores are The Home Depot and Macy’s, obviously, but some of the others on my list are Bern Goeckler, Dienst and Dotter, Wyeth, Aero, Anthony Todd, Wolf Home, and Treillage."

Kevin with mood board and shoe rack.

All clothing by Thom Browne.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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"I like to use old caviar tins to hold desk supplies. I have always been drawn to the blue color and font used for the word caviar. A picture similar to this one has been published before and caused me some problems when I returned from a trip to Turkey a couple of years ago and I brought caviar home with me. Let’s just say that it was a big (and very expensive) mistake! Serves me right."

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"The top of my desk has to be orderly or I can’t function. I love silver and have it all over the apartment. Much to the chagrin of my cleaning lady, it demands maintenance but is worth it for the glamour factor alone."

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"I never thought that I would have a platform bed but here we are. I wanted it to look like a Bento box. It couldn’t be easier to wake in the morning. I literally roll out of bed and put the bedspread back on as if it were a box top. The plant (mother-in-law’s tongue) gives me some privacy but doesn’t block my view of the cityscape. The fur rugs make it look a little Playboy mansion but they seemed appropriate at the time and are insanely comfortable."

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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Where’s the best NYC flower shop?
"I will admit, that I do have two favorites. L. Becker Flowers is what I would imagine the haute couture salon under the direction of Christian Dior himself to have been like. It is the epitome of elegance, grace, and style. The shop is always the place I go when I need to recharge my creative battery. It also has a beautiful collection of antiques. Proprietors, Larry Becker and his partner Roger Crowley have created a shop of the highest caliber.
My second favorite is not in Manhattan, but I have to mention it. Saipua is located in Brooklyn and run by Sarah Ryhaven. I once received a bouquet from them and was blown away by the choice of plant material, colors, and textures. Their style is very loose, casual, modern, and bohemian. Depending on who I am buying flowers for, I know that between L. Becker and Saipua I will be thanked many times over."

Kevin's simple but chic nightstand.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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Who’s home, that you’ve seen is the most intriguing?
"Intriguing is a complicated word to use when describing a home. Some of my favorites are what was Mrs. Parish’s New York residence, the home of David Rockefeller Sr. in the city, David Geffen’s home in Los Angeles, Stephen Sill’s home is Bedford NY, and of course Martha’s home, Skylands on Mt. Desert Island in Maine. I know it sounds like a ridiculously snobby list but what I really love about these homes is how personal and idiosyncratic they all are."

Kevin's jaw-dropping shoe wall.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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"I like to have dinner parties and can fit up to 14 people around the table. For cocktail parties I had a black plexiglass top cut to fit the shape of the tabletop and I put up a net and use it as a ping-pong table! It is quite popular, a great way for people to meet each other. You can see my problem with pairs again. The chandeliers I bought in Palm Beach and the antique Chinese paper panels I bought on Broome Street. The credenza is from Bo Concepts and very reasonably priced. The chairs are Warren MacArthur, not very smart in a dining room but I had to have it. The dining table itself came from an antique store in Maine. I bought it and I had it re-finished by genius furniture craftsman Christophe Pourny. He can take any stick of furniture and make it look like a priceless antique.">

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What are Martha Stewart’s design pet-peeves?
"Her design pet-peeves are lack of function, poor craftsmanship, and anything that is over-wrought. Martha is very much a purist at heart and a champion of smart, well considered design."

Kevin in his dining room.

All clothing by Thom Browne.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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"The most important piece of furniture in the apartment is the bar. I have 2 godsons, aged 18 months and 3 years old and when they come to uncle Kevin’s for their weekly visit the first thing they do is go for the ping-pong balls and dump them all over the floor, and the first thing I do is a tequila shot. Then hours of fun banging the monogrammed paddles on the floor and trying to pick up all the balls. The process repeats itself over and over, all day. It is my favorite part of the week."

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"This is a detail of my living room. I found this sofa in the basement of an antique store in Tribeca. It is 15 feet long but mercifully comes in two pieces so I could fit it in the elevator and avoid all the drama of craning it. If there is such a thing as an addiction to pairs then I suffer from it. There are pairs all over this apartment. In the living room it manifests itself in 2 pairs of chairs, 2 pairs of lamps, 2 paintings (I am a huge fan of Franz Klein), and 2 Georg Jensen silver trays on my coffee table, which are always filled with candy."

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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What’s an inexpensive way to update your home?
"An inexpensive way to update your home is to paint something—anything—big or small. We have a line of 280 beautiful colors available at The Home Depot. You can buy small tester sizes for a small project like painting a table or picture frame. Another quick fix is using decorative pillows and throw blankets; they can completely transform any sofa, chair, or bed."
"My salt buffet. There is almost nothing I love more except maybe Coca Cola. That’s a brick of pink salt under the cake dome on top of another pair of silver cake stands from the old Martha by Mail catalogue."

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"This is the room I steer clear of—the kitchen. Adding my favorite salts to take out food is the extent of my cooking repertoire. I do love to entertain though and I keep buying dishes, so much so that the cupboards are filled. I’ve started pilling them up in corners. That is a stack of our line of square white ware dishes from Macy’s. Martha designed this room so I know it works."

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"The library is the smallest room in the apartment and the one I prefer most. Here are paintings by my friend Eric Beare. If I am home, which is very rare, you can find me sitting on the floor eating take-out from Perry Street Restaurant, conveniently located downstairs, or pizza from Rays, watching the Kardashians—which I’m obsessed with. In addition to my godsons I use every chance I get to spend with Martha’s granddaughter, Jude who is 6 months old and luckily for me lives right upstairs. The quilt on the floor and pillow are both from Parthault and are always at the ready as I am always dragging her down to my apartment. An abundance of velvet pillows, fur blankets from Sharnelle Furs, and a white shag rug make it a pretty comfy place to be."

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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"My Guan Yin Buddah–one of a pair I bought in China several years ago. You should have seen the wooden crates they came in. They were bigger than my first studio apartment."

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You must be hard to buy gifts for, what’s something you don’t have but have always wanted?
"I’m actually not that hard to buy for. I am always happy to receive a book of any kind. If we’re talking big-ticket items, I have always wanted a mangle. A mangle is a machine for ironing laundry by passing it between heated rollers. I know that is the strangest answer but I really do want one. I find ironing to be one of my favorite ways to relax—weird but true. I also want a tepee and I asked Martha for a camel for my fortieth birthday. I’m still waiting."

"The Saarinen Grasshopper chair sits in one corner of the library and is populated by a growing menagerie including an octopus, giraffes, and Elmo, who is hiding in his box."

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How do you make a small space look bigger?
"To make a small space look bigger I have three suggestions–none of them original, but all tried and true:

1. Paint it a dark color—it blurs the boundaries of the room.
2. Introduce a large piece of furniture. It distracts from the size limitations that the space provides.
3. Mirrors can be your best friend. They visually double or triple the space and are perfect for providing extra light if you are doubly cursed with having a space that is small and dark. If small and bright is your problem be aware of the sometimes startling effect of seeing yourself all the time. It can really freak you out if you’re not feeling so pretty."

Kevin in his living room.

All clothing by Thom Browne.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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