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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.”
Lenox "Ming" Bone China Dinner Plates, Circa 1960s
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Lenox "Ming" Bone China Dinner Plates, Circa 1960s

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Wedgwood "Florentine" Bone China Dinnerware, Circa 1950–1962
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Wedgwood "Florentine" Bone China Dinnerware, Circa 1950–1962

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Aynsley "Pembroke" Bone China Dinnerware
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Aynsley "Pembroke" Bone China Dinnerware

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Wallace Sterling Silver Sandwich Plate
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Wallace Sterling Silver Sandwich Plate

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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.”
Wallace Sterling Silver "Romance of The Sea"  Pierced Tablespoon, Mid-Century
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Wallace Sterling Silver "Romance of The Sea" Pierced Tablespoon, Mid-Century

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Wallace Sterling Silver "Normandie" Bon Bon Bowl, Early/Mid 20th Century
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Wallace Sterling Silver "Normandie" Bon Bon Bowl, Early/Mid 20th Century

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Gorham Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs and Silver Plate Serving Utensils
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Gorham Sterling Silver Sugar Tongs and Silver Plate Serving Utensils

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Royal Stetson Deluxe "Madam du Barry Royal Blue" Gold Trim China Tableware
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Royal Stetson Deluxe "Madam du Barry Royal Blue" Gold Trim China Tableware

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Chinese Blue and White Ceramic Double Happiness Bowl with Stand
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Chinese Blue and White Ceramic Double Happiness Bowl with Stand

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P. Lopez G. Mexican Sterling Julep Cup with Kirk Bottle Opener
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P. Lopez G. Mexican Sterling Julep Cup with Kirk Bottle Opener

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Rosenthal "Wedge Cut" Crystal Stemware, Mid to Late 20th Century
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Rosenthal "Wedge Cut" Crystal Stemware, Mid to Late 20th Century

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Miller Rogaska Crystal Stemware by Reed and Barton
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Miller Rogaska Crystal Stemware by Reed and Barton

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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.

Tiffany & Co. "Rock Cut" Crystal Champagne Bucket
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Tiffany & Co. "Rock Cut" Crystal Champagne Bucket

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Gorham and Towle Sterling Silver Serving Utensils
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Gorham and Towle Sterling Silver Serving Utensils

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Baccarat "Moulin Rouge" Crystal Champagne Bucket, Circa 1980
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Baccarat "Moulin Rouge" Crystal Champagne Bucket, Circa 1980

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Lenox Boehm Birds Series Bone China "Mountain Bluebird" Dinner Plates, 1972
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Lenox Boehm Birds Series Bone China "Mountain Bluebird" Dinner Plates, 1972

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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.”
Coalport "Indian Tree" Bone China Demitasse Cups
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Coalport "Indian Tree" Bone China Demitasse Cups

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Paragon Floral Pattern Bone China Teacups and Saucers
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Paragon Floral Pattern Bone China Teacups and Saucers

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Wallace "Grande Baroque" Sterling Silver Iced Tea Spoons, Mid-Century
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Wallace "Grande Baroque" Sterling Silver Iced Tea Spoons, Mid-Century

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English Bone China Teacups and Saucer
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English Bone China Teacups and Saucer

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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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