Beth Shak's Pennsylvania Home
There's nothing I love more than prowling around someone's home and peeking at their decor. Usually the homes we look at are up for sale but today we are looking at the home happily inhabited by poker player and fashionista Beth Shak. We've been following Shak for a while now and know that she is a woman with a busy schedule and a serious love of the latest trends.
You can win a spot at the table with Beth Shak at an event taking place at the Lucky Strike Lanes, Luxe Lounge in Manhattan on October 12. Our sibling blog Asylum is holding a contest that gives four winners a chance to test their luck and raise money for a favorite charity. See more details and enter over at Asylum. And now, on with the house tour...
Beth and her designer, Carrie Leskowitz worked to turn the home Beth bought in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania into a home that is relaxed, modern and undeniably female. Beth told Luxist that she was was inspired by the Delano hotel in Miami. "I wanted to take the clean look, add a splash of color and make it eclectic by mixing in antiques," she says.
Leskowitz tells Luxist that the two-story crystal chandelier was found in the Bowery. She used contemporary art , a lot of mirrored surfaces, animal print fabrics and white accessories to create Beth's highly stylized dream home.
It's probably no surprise that a poker player who logs serious time at tables would know what she wanted when it came to seating. "There were certain things I wasn't budging on," she says. "I wanted a round dining room table. I love round tables - Guests can have conversation easier. I also wanted a bench seat. That was hard."
And of course, there had to be a poker table. In this home the poker table is tucked into what would have been the piano nook in the white living room. The use of white is a key component in the home. It was also used to lighten up the mahogany office changing it from a gentleman's study into a place where a woman can get down to serious business. All that attention to detail was worth it. "Designing and decorating the house was an amazing experience, and I love waking up in my dream home. I love it," Beth says.
Leskowitz tells Luxist that Beth's favorite color is purple and so she made sure to use it sparingly but with great impact as with the piece shown above.
Shak is nearly as famous for her shoes as she is for her winning poker hands. Shown above is her enviable closet with room for all those heels.
Her vanity area mixes both antique and modern elements, pairing an antique dressers with a Lucite chair. Leskowitz says that in the house "the white leather and lacquered furniture we added really "popped" against the antiques to create an interesting and complex juxtaposition of styles. I think that look really speaks to who Beth is."