Designer Robert McKinley’s portfolio reads like a roster of New York hot spots: Sant Ambroeus, Ruschmeyer’s, the Surf Lodge. But for him, Montauk, on the furthest reaches of Long Island, is personal: It’s where he met his now wife, Kate Nauta, many years back (“She was 18 fresh from Oregon and he was a city boy and surfing regular who grew up retreating to its sandy shores,” they say.) Four years ago, they were married at Montauk’s lighthouse. Now, the couple has rehabbed a 1970s bungalow in town, newly opened and available for rent. Everything at McKinley Bungalow—down to the cabinet fronts by Reform, ceramics by East Fork, and natural lime-based paints from Domingue—is for sale, including the house itself. Take a look inside (and maybe book it for a weekend).
“After” photography by Nicole Franzen, courtesy of McKinley Bungalow.
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