Illuminate Your Style: Visit South Carolina’s Lampshade Destination


Wall of teal built-in shelves with color-coded pink, green and blue lampshades at the Lampshade Library

Launched in 2019 by South Carolina natives Gracen Ashton and Katy Roe, Sorella Glenn recently debuted its first brick-and-mortar outpost in Charleston. Harnessing Southern hospitality via residential-inspired shelving, bench seating and a palette of peacock blue and burnt orange, the Market Street storefront of the Lampshade Library fills a much-needed gap in the market.

Its moniker directly reflects the sisters’ shopping model: Customers can “check out” loaner shades to see how they fit their favorite lamps at home. Or they may pair them with Sorella Glenn’s own chinoiserie ceramic bases in store. “The message we most want to bring to light is that you can elevate any lamp with a nicer shade,” says Roe, who works with Ashton to curate a wide array of classic, round, empire, drum and hexagon shapes.