By Olivia McClure
Photography by Pamela Monaghan
When Brian Courtney decided to leave his corporate job at Nissan North America, he wrapped himself in the throes of a new business venture in the world of interior design.
The “self-confessed lamp hoarder” opened Nashville Lamp & Shade last December. Realizing the significance of the Design District and the need for more lamp buying options, Courtney decided to open his store in Berry Hill.
“When we saw businesses like Myers Flooring, Merridian, Daltile and Fabric House making significant investments in the area, we knew we wanted to be part of the landscape,” Courtney says. “With all the regional growth, we desperately needed more local brick and mortar retail options for designer lamps, custom lamp shades and lamp repairs.”
Nashville Lamp & Shade is a must-stop for anyone’s lighting needs; it offers a wide variety of designer and artisan products. And the store doesn’t only sell high-quality lamps and shades, but it also works alongside its customers to ensure that every purchase suits their needs perfectly.
“For us, the design process is always collaborative with homeowners and/or their designer,” Courtney says. “We problem-solve together, whether it’s finding shades that maximize light output or lamps that fit their space in terms of design, scale, et cetera.”
In Courtney’s mind, the store’s one-on-one consultation with customers makes Nashville Lamp & Shade a unique and trusted member of the city’s Design District.
“We offer a level of service that you don’t get trying to guess if something’s going to work from a picture online,” Courtney says. “Even if they don’t have an immediate need, customers always seem to be glad to know we can help them with lamp repairs and custom lamp shades.”
Nashville Lamp & Shade
440 E. Iris Drive