Robert McKinley curates a shoppable bungalow on Long Island’s East End

Montauk Musings

Planning to join the herds of New Yorkers that’ll head “out east” this summer? You might want to opt out of the standard sharehouse and book a stay at this thoughtful-designed beach bungalow instead. Located at the end of Long Island’s South Fork, beyond the pricey Hamptons, this Montauk residence was just recently renovated and outfitted by celebrated interior design firm Studio Robert McKinley, to serve as both a weekend getaway and integrated showhome.


Bold accents of color delineate the lime-washed white wall interior. (Nicole Franzen)

McKinley's design respects the original 1971 structure but opens up the kitchen, living, and dinning room to better facilitate the flow of people. (Nicole Franzen)

The light, lime-washed white-wall, four-bedroom, ranch-style home features a carefully curated selection of furnishings, fixtures, finishes, and accessories that are all for purchase. The overall scheme reflects McKinley’s sensibility while also paying homage to the locale’s coastline and evoking the aesthetics of renowned seaside resorts in Europe. This Montauk home can be rented as of today.


Bedrooms are outfitted in Floyd beds and carpets by Alefie. (Nicole Franzen)

McKinley sourced vintage pieces and artworks as additional accents. (Nicole Franzen)

Featuring the latest appliances from SMEG, carpet designs by Aelfie, indoor and outdoor furniture from Blu Dot, Hay, and Floyd, the house brings together McKinley’s favorite brands under one roof. Mixing in vintage pieces, this interior shop-stay concept scheme respects the 1971 bungalow’s original character but enlivens it with contemporary details. The designer opened up the floor plan to introduce a seamless flow from the living room to the kitchen and outdoor deck.

Natural tones carry throughout the home. (Nicole Franzen)

The kitchen features the latest appliances from SMEG. (Nicole Franzen)

A palm green library is joined by a Moroccan style pool house with wall to wall tiles. Natural tones come through various elements including rattan chairs, hardwood flooring, and an abundance of indoor plants. Throughout, vaulted ceilings are adorned with iconic Noguchi paper lanterns. Along with these items, the latest editions from Phaidon—with specific titles displayed in appropriate locations—can be acquired.