Coterie Crush on Pamela Scurry from New York

Feb 3 2015

by Cheri Leavy

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We have had a Coterie Crush on Pamela Scurry since we met her at The Southern C Summit last year in Charleston and we look forward to seeing her again at this spring’s event.  Her thoughtfulness brought everyone she met such joy.  This interior and landscape designer, author and collector currently resides in a penthouse overlooking Central Park in New York but she will soon call the historic district of Charleston her home and enjoy the pace of the South.  We loved learning about some of Pamela’s favorite things here.



My favorite textiles are the fabulous flea market finds I’ve collected over the years, usually in Siena and Florence.

Anyone who has ever travelled with me knows I always make a beeline for the linen area. I have many wonderful memories there with my children, who fell in love with the region too. My son eventually named his daughter Sienna. Ciao, bella!



Rennigers Antiques & Farmers Market, Lancaster, PA. O.k., this is a food-related pick: The added bonus is that you can stop for ice cream from Lapp Valley Farms in New Holland beforehand and eat it while you shop.

The Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts is mecca for an avowed antiquer like myself, but that only happens three times a year, so you have to mark your calendar.



I love to entertain, and I admit to having, shall we say, a weakness for vintage china patterns. “Hi, I’m Pam, and I have 16 sets of china.” So, while it may appear that I never met a porcelain plate I didn’t have to possess, my all-time favorite pattern is Wedgewood Columbia, my colorful wedding china. Thirty-seven years after I first fell in love with it, I still cherish it (and the groom)!



There are two: a raspberry red called My Valentine, and a watermelon called Deep Rose, both by Benjamin Moore.

Of course, they would be shades inspired by the garden, right? The berry is fresh and light, the perfect accompaniment for dark chocolate woods, and adds a touch of English garden whimsy to any traditional space.

I used the watermelon on the exterior of my country home in Cooperstown and it’s the kind of unusual, eye-catching color that people slow down to admire and photograph.

I’m asked all the time for the formulas, so here they are: My Valentine (MA 8oz + 4 shots, RX 10oz +19 shots, WH 1oz + 11 shots, OG 25 shots); Deep Rose (NA 2oz + 29 shots, RD 3 oz +141 shots, RX 2 oz + 22 shots).

That said, I’m a wallpaper woman, and my can’t- live-without-it print is “Monsieur Stripe” from Thibaut. Sadly, it is no longer in production, not even one inch!



Hotel Costes Scented Candle Brown (Paris, France) – The Brown candle has burned at Hotel Costes on the Rue-Saint Honore for years. I think of it as the perfume of old walls, precious, mahogany woods rubbed with bees- wax, and baroque surrounds scented with a hint of rum, bitter orange peel, paprika and oak moss.

I’m also partial to Kenneth Turner Original Room Cologne. It’s a timeless, classic scent, a blend of poplar, honeysuckle, lemon, orange oil, clove and cinnamon that evokes a delight- fully welcoming atmosphere, with the added benefit that it’s elegantly presented in a square-based glass bottle with a silver metal lid incorporating a bee. The other absolutely lovely scent that transports me

to another time and place is Dr. Vranjes’ Ginger Lime Diffuser which reminds me of Florence, Italy. Fresh, spicy wood notes combine with zesty lime in a scent that never fails to lift my mood.



I follow quite a few designers, but Ronda Rick Carman’s “All the Best” always stands out due to her unique point of view. Of course, I’m focused on the table (and bring- ing people back to it), so my very favorite blogger is Ina Garten. She writes as well as she cooks.

Considering my own traditional bent, my choice of Karen Houghton in Upper Nyack, NY will likely be a surprise, but that’s probably why I’m drawn to her work. You’ve heard of new traditional? Well, this is transformative traditional, and everything she does looks fresh.

Karen believes “a room must be right for its time, its place, and for the people who live in it,” and I couldn’t agree more. Her background in the world of antiques blends naturally with the sophisticated comfort of today.



The ones I first learned about in Janson’s History of Art: The Western Tradition in college all those years ago! I am continually inspired and exhilarated when I see “the masters” up close. If the gardener in me had to choose just one, it would have to be Monet.



Silhouette pictures. I’ve been collecting these for years. I’m always intrigued by the play of shadow and light and the intricacy of the cuts. What patience! My daughter’s wedding invitations were even inspired by my collection. Considering that I’ve loved silhouettes since I was a child, I got quite a kick out of seeing the recent feature in Traditional Home Magazine. It’s good to know I’m hip!



Like Charleston, soon to be my winter home, I gravitate to gracious hospitality with a thankful heart and a Southern attitude.


Your style in five words:

Anything that makes me smile!

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Cheri Leavy is a connector, cheerleader and marketing consultant for fellow entrepreneurs.
Building rapport and strengthening a sense of community:
• A community of female entrepreneurs through the The Southern Coterie and The Southern C Summit
• The faces and places of Athens that make our city so vibrant through guide2athens
• A community of devoted football fans through Bulldawg Illustrated
- Contributing editor to Coastal Illustrated, Executive Board Member of the UGA Alumni Association

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