As much as we love the city, there's nothing like a beach escape to soothe our souls and calm our minds. Luckily, for those of us stuck in the concrete jungle, Bethany Mayer's Surf Bazaar brings the best of all things oceanic right to us. And fittingly, her Brooklyn brownstone is a zen homage to the East End — the Hamptons, that is. From stark-white interiors to table trinkets scavenged straight from the shore, to surf-style coffee table books, her pad is an instant beach-y transport.
We escaped the grime and grit of our Manhattan 'hood to chill out with the designer in Prospect Heights, and talk all things stylish. Take a peek into her fancy-free lifestyle, garner tips on balancing work and play, and ooh and aww at the cutest bulldog we've ever laid eyes on. A beach retreat minus the purse full of sand? We'll take it.