Creative Illumination: Susan Mull

By Leslie Moore

Creative Illumination: Susan Mull

Susan Mull, The Lamp Niche

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Rome, Georgia, where I grew up. Two of my lifetime dreams were to live at the beach and have a career as an interior designer. Both came true in 1984 when I moved to Litchfield Beach and went to work as an interior designer for the next 31 years. Along the way, my hobby of designing jewelry became a successful business called Kaleidoscope, which was manufactured in Murrells Inlet and sold in retail stores throughout the southeast.

My significant other and I still love the beach life and share it with our two precious dogs, Abby and Scubee, who come to work with us at The Lamp Niche every day!

Tell us a little about your mother.

My mother always worked alongside my dad in his grocery store business. She supported my artistic side by accompanying me to ceramic classes, allowing my creativity to blossom. From a very young age, I wanted to be an interior designer and would move our furniture all over the house, and my mother not only tolerated this, she encouraged me. My father guided my entrepreneurial side and, at age ten, allowed me to set up my snow cone business in front of his grocery store!

Growing up, what was your favorite dish prepared by your mother? Have you been able to recreate it?

My mother was a true southern cook, and I loved her fried okra, creamed corn, squash caserole and candied yams. I only make these dishes occasionally – I’m trying to eat healthier these days! [laughing]

Have you always loved lamps and accessories?

In 2012, I purchased The Lamp Niche, which was founded in 1991. We now offer over 300 table and floor lamps, including coastal, traditional, vintage, modern and transitional. Many of our lamps are one of a kind and custom designed. One of our specialties is helping our customers design their own unique lamps. Bring in your favorite lamps and choose from our stock of over 1500 shades – we have every style, size and color. To make your lamp complete, a new finial or “lamp jewelry” is a must! With our collection of over 400 finials, we are sure to have the perfect one for your lamp.

A new lamp can pull together a room by accenting certain areas, such as a piece of art, a sentimental furniture piece or it can draw attention to an entire section of your room. Often, we can work with your existing lamps by updating them with a different shade and a new finial to complete the look. Choosing the right lamp can put the finishing touch on the decorating scheme that you are trying to achieve.

Please come by and have some fun with our creative, knowledgeable and courteous staff, who are happy to assist you in choosing the right pieces to complete your home’s décor, whether you are updating or moving into a new house. We are currently planning to expand with another store in either Pawleys Island or Market Common. We look forward to seeing you!

The Lamp Niche is located at 12049 US Highway 17 Bypass South in Murrells Inlet. Stop by and visit Susan Monday through Saturday, from 10 am-5 pm, call 843-651-9532 or visit

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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One Response to “Creative Illumination: Susan Mull”

  1. Rich Grossman says:

    Just visited t h e Lamp Niche, and the folks there were fabulous . . . Judy, Paul, and one of the owners, Scott. Great place!!

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