A Montauk Bungalow With a Palette That Mirrors the Beachfront

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Captain Balfour is the newest addition to the McKinley Bungalows collection, located in Montauk, New York, designed by Studio Robert McKinley. Spanning 3,800 square feet, the property melds the practice’s signature style, which has influenced East End interiors with a luxurious yet livable approach.

The bungalow’s design is deeply rooted in its environment. Drawing inspiration from Montauk’s natural beauty, the interiors showcase a palette of whites, creams, and earthy tones that mirror the beachfront. Accentuated by white-washed wood paneling, the decor is a blend of vintage and contemporary, harmonizing vintage teak furniture with modern fixtures. Lighting, particularly Akari and rattan variants, sets a calm and inviting mood throughout the property.

Exterior-wise, the house showcases warm silvered cedar and mahogany finishes, reminiscent of the traditional cedar-clad homes of the northeast. Inside, a significant transformation has taken place. Apart from a few original walls, everything has been reimagined. The spacious kitchen now flaunts rough sawn oak cabinets by Reform, travertine countertops, state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, and expansive windows by Marvin that provide scenic views.

Collaborating once again with Heath Ceramics, the studio has introduced unique tile designs in hues of seaweed greens, warm whites, taupes, and browns. These tiles, complemented by travertine countertops, are used extensively throughout the bathrooms. Enhancing the home’s global appeal, Beni Rugs has provided custom Moroccan rugs, handwoven in Marrakech, combining modern aesthetics with age-old weaving techniques.

Photography by Glen Allsop.

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