Bryn Mawr Poker Pro Beth Shak's Luxe Home

With a $1 million shoe collection and a South Beach design aesthetic, there's no room for understated details in this larger-than-life manse.

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Two leather Mies van der Rohe couches are a perfect match for the contemporary living room. (Photo by John Lewis)

Interior designer: Carrie Leskowitz Interiors, Fort Washington; (215) 643-7364,

It’s not often that the inside of someone’s closet makes it on Good Morning America and 20/20. Over the past year, Bryn Mawr’s Beth Shak has twice invited the world to see her password-protected shoe collection. She has more than 1,000 pairs worth an estimated $1 million—most financed with winnings from her lucrative career as a professional poker player. Powerhouse designers represented include Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.

As it turns out, the rest of Shak’s five-bedroom, four-bath home is worth a look, too. Upon moving in three years ago, she wanted to put a contemporary spin on its traditional layout, tapping the expertise of interior designer Carrie Leskowitz. “Beth called me initially after she saw a house I designed that was also in Bryn Mawr,” says Leskowitz, who’d worked on Shak’s previous Main Line home and her New York apartment.

As usual, the owner gave Leskowitz a clear idea of what she was looking for, citing the décor of the Delano Hotel in Miami’s South Beach as inspiration. “When I think of the Delano, I see a white, ethereal, very clean type of space,” says Leskowitz.

Which was exactly what Shak had in mind. “Every time I walk into the Delano, I love the dark wood mixed with all the white furniture, and the flowy, sheer fabrics,” she says.

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