While working on boutique hotels across the U.S., New York–based designer Robert McKinley noticed a shift in the way people were traveling. Realizing that travelers increasingly crave spaces that offer a sense of discovery along with a home-away-from-home feel, the young multi-hyphenate saw a golden opportunity to combine his signature coastal and laid-back style with his favorite brands in a new endeavor—the McKinley Bungalows: rental homes with a "shoppable stay" concept.
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Just one year after opening the Fairview Bungalow in the coastal hamlet of Montauk on New York’s Long Island, McKinley has completed his second property, the Federal Bungalow. As with its predecessor, the Federal takes cues from Montauk’s coastline and European seaside towns for a modern and elevated spin on the beach chic aesthetic that’s emphasized with thoughtfully curated furnishings and objects, all of which are available for sale.
"We chose to create a space that reflects our own aesthetic sensibilities— that we’d want to bring our families to, but also one that people could visit and enjoy," explains McKinley, who filled the fully shoppable interiors and exteriors with his studio’s favorite brands like Floyd, California Faucets, and Heath Ceramics.
Although both properties were designed in the same spirit, the Federal, which opened June 2019, is the larger of the two and involved a thorough renovation. The 1971 raised ranch-style house saw a complete overhaul, while some original midcentury details and the beachy feel were left intact.
Refreshed for a bright and airy ambience, the 2,400-square-foot residence features an open-floor plan, raised ceilings, and a color palette of lime-washed whites and natural finishes. A mix of pattern, color, and textures add character and warmth to the space.
Studio Robert McKinley also brought on some new partners, including the likes of Blu Dot and HAY.
"The synergy this year was incredible—not only were we able to spotlight various partners’ new collections, like Blu Dot’s new outdoor furniture collection, but we also really took a considered approach to integrating their larger practice’s aesthetics into our own," explains McKinley, who plans to round out his collection of McKinley Bungalows in Montauk with a third addition opening spring 2020. His team is also eyeing opportunities for expansion in Aspen, Upstate New York, and Rockaway Beach.
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Designer: Robert McKinley / @studiorobertmckinley
Builder/ General Contractor: Greystone
Landscape Design Company/ Lighting Design/ Interior Design: Studio Robert McKinley
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