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Pamela Skaist Levy: Silver, Crystal, China, Blue and White Pottery


Levy, in her dining room, set for a formal occasion. “I mix everything, from silver that I found at auction, to sets I find online, to pieces I discovered at a garage sale. Setting a table is like creating a collage. The possibilities are endless.”

Fifteen years ago, Juicy Couture co-founder Pam Levy moved with her family from a classically Mid Century Modern L.A. home to a regal 1930s stone manor, complete with a sweeping staircase, paneled den and rose garden. “Mid-century is my love,” she says. “But the history and mien of this house called for a more formal approach.” To match the new aesthetic, Levy started adding to her more traditional collections; among them: silver, crystal, china, and blue and white pottery.

Ever the entertainer, Levy puts all the spaces in her home to use depending on the occasion. Often that includes dinners at her dining room table, which seats 20. “I know the dining room looks super fancy, but I always try to keep a gathering laid back and personal,” she says. “I think about who could be seated next to whom; who would have fun together, how to make it an interesting mix. If you get trapped next to a bad dinner mate, you just can’t wait until it’s over and you can run out the door! Whether the meal is passed or seated, I try to keep the food simple and yummy, and the flowers low, so people can talk across the table, interact and move around. I just try to keep it easy and fun.”

“This is the first piece of silver that I ever had; my baby cup, which my Aunt Pat gave to my parents when I was born. It says ‘Pammy’ and it’s been with me since I’ve been out of the house and married for 30 years. I keep it on my desk. I love that cup.”
Fitz and Floyd "Promenade" Bone China Dinnerware, c. 1979

Fitz and Floyd "Promenade" Bone China Dinnerware, c. 1979

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Wedgwood "Ulander Black" Bone China Dinnerware
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BLUE ASH, OH

Wedgwood "Ulander Black" Bone China Dinnerware

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Vintage Edelstein "Normandy" Bone China Dinnerware

Vintage Edelstein "Normandy" Bone China Dinnerware

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$7
Baccarat "Normandie" Crystal Champagne Coupes

Baccarat "Normandie" Crystal Champagne Coupes

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Blue and gold rimmed Limoges porcelain is set with crystal from William Yeoward. “I love how they look against the mirrored table,” says Levy.
“When we moved into this house, I got really interested in sterling silver; it was just such a beautiful fit, and it looked so right for the table, the bar and the kitchen. This red box of English silver is a fairly large service that I found online. My rings are by Lisa Eisner, who is really my favorite jewelry designer.”
Marquis by Waterford Crystal Wine Glass Set
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Marquis by Waterford Crystal Wine Glass Set

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Vintage Aladdin "Empress" China Dinnerware

Vintage Aladdin "Empress" China Dinnerware

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Assorted European Porcelain and China Dinnerware, Including Meissen and Limoges

Assorted European Porcelain and China Dinnerware, Including Meissen and Limoges

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La Bottega del Peltro Pewter and Crystal Stemware

La Bottega del Peltro Pewter and Crystal Stemware

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Royal Doulton "Orchard Hill" Bone China Teacups and Saucers

Royal Doulton "Orchard Hill" Bone China Teacups and Saucers

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Minton "Mirabeau" Bone China Tea Service for Four

Minton "Mirabeau" Bone China Tea Service for Four

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Jackson & Gosling Bone China "Grosvenor" Coffee and Cake Set
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Mariemont, OH

Jackson & Gosling Bone China "Grosvenor" Coffee and Cake Set

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Vintage Glass and Crystal Stemware and Barware
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Columbus, OH

Vintage Glass and Crystal Stemware and Barware

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Levy, with pieces of her blue and white pottery collection. “My mom got me into it,” she says. “She’s collected it forever.”

“I’ve collected blue and white pottery from online auctions, a dealer in England, and my travels. I use it everywhere in my home, almost like a neutral. I’ll put flowers in these vessels, twigs; everything. I love the vibe,” says Levy, in her kitchen. “I’m a total maximalist — I’m all about high and low,” she says, “And I hate anything that’s too fancy.”

In this room, Levy might have guests at the kitchen table while her husband and friends cook dinner and drink wine. Or, they might hang out at the woodsy cabin on the back of her property, play games, and stargaze. “We just sit around the table, drink wine, and hang out,” she says.

Royal Doulton "Orchard Hill" Bone China Plates

Royal Doulton "Orchard Hill" Bone China Plates

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Vintage Jean Louis Coquet "Catherine" Crystal Champagne Coupes

Vintage Jean Louis Coquet "Catherine" Crystal Champagne Coupes

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Wedgwood "Countryware" Bone China Teapot and English Mugs

Wedgwood "Countryware" Bone China Teapot and English Mugs

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Royal Doulton "Orchard Hill" Bone China Place Setting

Royal Doulton "Orchard Hill" Bone China Place Setting

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“I always have flowers on a tablescape, like china mums or peonies. Ilga Magdalena Ziegler does them, and she’s incredible. She mixes it up in vintage silver cups, blue and white pottery, copper pieces or champagne flutes. I just love to keep the flowers loose and natural.”
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Blue and white on display in the pantry adjacent to her kitchen. “I needed somewhere to store all of my taper candles, so I used that antique chest. Then I started hanging my blue and white, and it kind of took over.”
Vintage Edelstein "Normandy" Bone China Serveware

Vintage Edelstein "Normandy" Bone China Serveware

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Vintage Royal Albert "Old Country Roses" Bone China Serveware and Dinnerware

Vintage Royal Albert "Old Country Roses" Bone China Serveware and Dinnerware

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$180
Gorham Sterling Silver "Cromwell" Pin Cushion
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Cincinnati, OH

Gorham Sterling Silver "Cromwell" Pin Cushion

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$15
Vintage European Transfer Printed Bone China Teacups, Saucers, and Salad Plates

Vintage European Transfer Printed Bone China Teacups, Saucers, and Salad Plates

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For a more casual place setting at her kitchen table, Levy pulled in a range of elements, and played with high and low. “I like to mix it up,” she says, of this particular setting, which includes Hermés china and silver, William Yeoward crystal, Heath Ceramics cups, and napkin rings from an online auction. “I think I got the placemats at Neiman Marcus years ago,” she says. The Foo Dog, which is actually an incense holder, was found online. “I used it here because I love the color.”

Levy keeps her collection of china sets in shelves in the pantry. “I think china is a beautiful way to mix and match; keep it super eclectic,” she says. My mom gave me the Spode Thanksgiving set we used when I was a child, as well as all of the decorations. I love setting the table with it with my nieces. It just brings back so many memories of our beautiful Thanksgivings as a family.”

Crystal on display in the bar is William Yeoward. “I have to say that whether I bring out my good crystal depends on who’s coming for dinner. If it’s a raucous, crazy group, I usually use Riedel glasses. If the guests are well behaved and I know they’re not going to get too crazy, I’ll whip out the crystal.”
Levy, in a Figue dress, in front of a hutch in her kitchen. “These pieces are mostly decorative. Those ice buckets are actually silver plated gardening pails, and I stuck them back there because I liked the way they looked. On either side of me are shot glasses that I found in an online auction. They’re shaped like dogs, and you tip them upside down.”
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