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Vintage Summer: A Seventies-Style Shoppable Airbnb in Montauk

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Vintage Summer: A Seventies-Style Shoppable Airbnb in Montauk

July 20, 2018

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.

 the four bedroom, three bathroom ranch house was originally built in \1978 a 9
Above: The four-bedroom, three-bathroom ranch house was originally built in 1978 and needed significant updates to the dated interiors.
the kitchen is fitted with reform cabinet fronts. (for more, see ikea kitchen  10
Above: The kitchen is fitted with Reform cabinet fronts. (For more, see Ikea Kitchen Upgrade: 9 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Kitchen Hack.) The sink is the Chef Center Sink by Franke and has compartments for cleaning supplies and compost, plus a roll-up drying rack and glass cutting board. The cabinets are stocked with Knindustrie cookware.
the bungalow is complete with an updated take on the \1970s breakfast nook. 11
Above: The bungalow is complete with an updated take on the 1970s breakfast nook.
in the main room, newly exposed high ceilings are painted white. adding to the  12
Above: In the main room, newly exposed high ceilings are painted white. Adding to the beach feel: a natural-fiber mat and laid-back white couch. The furniture is a mix of vintage and original designs, like the coffee table, by Studio Robert McKinley design director Paula Rodriguez.
mckinley&#8\2\17;s trademark playful style is on display throughout. 13
Above: McKinley’s trademark playful style is on display throughout.
the dining room, with bar behind. 14
Above: The dining room, with bar behind.
the barware is appropriately retro. 15
Above: The barware is appropriately retro.
one of the bedrooms, with a woven mat, long summer curtains, a simple platform  16
Above: One of the bedrooms, with a woven mat, long summer curtains, a simple platform bed from Floyd. The bed linens are from Wright.
the bathroom, with a compact marble sink and tiles from cle tile. 17
Above: The bathroom, with a compact marble sink and tiles from Cle Tile.
the house is on offer for vacation rentals via airbnb, starting at \$695 per ni 18
Above: The house is on offer for vacation rentals via Airbnb, starting at $695 per night for the full bungalow. (Alternatively, a smaller, one-bedroom apartment is available from $395 per night.) Included in your stay: the use of six Shinola bicycles to bike to nearby Ditch Plains beach.
nauta and mckinley on the steps of the bungalow. 19
Above: Nauta and McKinley on the steps of the bungalow.

Before

pre renovation, the house was dated, low ceilinged, and dark, with a breakfast 20
Above: Pre-renovation, the house was dated, low-ceilinged, and dark, with a breakfast nook in need of an upgrade.
drop ceilings were removed and exposed beams painted white. 21
Above: Drop ceilings were removed and exposed beams painted white.
the bungalow, in process. 22
Above: The bungalow, in process.

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