Owner / Founder
Steve Lesniak arrived in Charleston from England in 1992. In 1994 Celadon was born out of Steve’s vision to bring something fresh and non-traditional with a global point of view to Charleston’s home furnishings & accessories market. Since founding Celadon, Steve has traveled to India, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, China, and throughout Europe in search of unique, functional, high-quality furniture. Celadon’s selection is a reflection of Steve himself: free-spirited, adventurous, and worldly.
Steve takes a very hands-on, fun approach to running Celadon and in doing so has united a loyal, customer service driven staff , and created an eclectic store filled with beautiful, solid furnishings that maintains an approachable, relaxed atmosphere where customers can bring their pets or grab a cup of coffee or tea while they shop.
Steve enjoys sailing competitively and for fun, and he spent 5 years living on his sailboat. He now resides in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Kathleen, dogs, Allie and Rupee, and cat, Tofu. His charitable nature and love for animals keep him and Celadon involved with various non-profits throughout Charleston.
After time spent living and working in both North Carolina and Florida, the Lowcountry came-a-callin’ in 2002, and Brett returned to his native South Carolina and joined the team here at Celadon. Brett has an admirable commitment to his work, is a true jack of all trades, and can be found at both the store and the outlet doing everything from creating innovative, functional displays to working with customers to managing container arrivals and daily store flips. Outside of his work at Celadon, Brett enjoys a thirst for travel (most recently to France), an avid interest in sports and a talent for whipping up gourmet meals for friends.
Bree arrived in Charleston via Palm Springs, California in 2011, but she has traveled the whole of the US and even lived in six states including Hawaii. She attended the Art Institute of California, and recently completed her BFA in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Charleston. The premise of her design mantra is to create comfortable spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional for everyday life. She has developed an interest in the Green Movement and gravitates towards materials that are eco-friendly and sustainable. Bree joined Celadon in April 2012 and brought not only her formal degree, a friendly upbeat personality, but also a heart of gold. Bree resides in Summerville.
Amber joined Celadon in April of 2012, bringing with her three years of experience in the furniture industry, as well as a formal degree in Interior Design from Western North Carolina University.Her design aesthetic marries a mix of old & new things and a love of bold graphics & color.Growing up in the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, Amber has an innate love for the outdoors, and finds inspiration from natural forms & organic shapes. She has lived a lifetime of experiences already in her young life, having traveled extensively to Iceland, Russia, Sweden, and Australia, interned for English-Green Interiors of Cashiers, North Carolina, started a beautiful blog, Domestic Peacock, and even traveled the entire US by RV! When not busy with all of the above she enjoys hanging out with her Border Collie, Jack.
A native of Columbia, SC, it was during summers spent with her family in Hilton Head that she fell in love with the Lowcountry she now calls home. Nicole has been with us at Celadon since October 2012. Prior to her move Nicole earned a B.A. in Interior Design from the Art Institute of Charlotte, and spent 3 years with MACK Home in Columbia. Nicole’s design aesthetic is very in keeping with the Celadon brand: classic + modern, masculine + feminine, something with shine + something with wear. She is also inspired and passionate about fashion, and you can see this in both her personal style and eye for home decore. When she is not working in the world of furniture & design, Nicole takes advantage of life by the water and enjoying the outdoors with her 3 year old black lab. Nicole resides in Mt. Pleasant.
Kate’s mission to live in Charleston, and passion for design landed her downtown where she is now enrolled in the Residential Interiors program at the Art Institute. She realized her hobby of Pinterest, magazine cut-outs, and inspirational corkboards could actually be a career. Originally from VA, Kate graduated from Virginia Tech then off to NYC where she was involved in the creation of Haven’s Kitchen (from business plan to brick and mortar space)! Her style is traditional with an understated hint of funk. She is amazing with customers and we are ecstatic to have her join Celadon!
We are very excited to have Sarah join our sales team! She is originally from Lexington, SC, degree from CofC, with experience in wedding/portrait photography. Her dad’s love of travel and rich cultures were passed down to her on trips to Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and the Virgin Islands! Sarah loves spaces layered with textures, traditional but contemporary, beautiful yet handsome and easy to live in. She enjoys running, yoga, photography, and exploring the Lowcountry with her husband in their ’78 Ford F-100.
The store is looking fabulous from the extraordinary eye of Dani. She spent many years in Atlanta as an Art Director fine tuning eye for design directing photo shoots for TV and print. She moved to Sullivans Island to raise her 3 boys. In her “spare time”, she runs a small stationery business which has been featured in magazines across the country. Dani’s unique style gives life to the Celadon floor!
Jill is the magic that has kept this place moving since 2005. She does… well… just about everything! She runs this business like a well-oiled machine, shows tremendous dedication and a love for her job that most anyone would envy. She is a numbers guru, team-player extraordinaire and most importantly a mother. Jill resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband, Rhett and their two sons, Luke and Vann.
Dana Hallgren Strich
Accounting & Logistics Coordinator
After falling in love with Charleston while working as a flight attendant, Dana took a life chance, flew south, made Charleston her new home and joined the team here at Celadon in December of 2010. Dana grew up in Colorado and has since had careers that afforded her the opportunity to travel worldwide both professionally, and recreationally. Raised a Colorado girl, Dana still loves the mountains, skiing, and being at her family home in Winter Park Colorado. Since the move to Charleston Dana has immersed herself into the waterfront community in every facet, surfing, boating, cruising the beach, and most recently sailing. Dana lives with her husband Todd in Avondale, with their dogs black lab Raymond Jackson Jr., and Brussels Griffon Walter Jefferson Jackson III. In her spare time she pursues passions for cooking, fashion, music, art, literature, and continues to travel whenever the occasion presents itself.
Rebecca joined Celadon in August 2009 after a series of diverse work experiences from teaching school in South Africa to a 3 year jaunt in events with Spoleto Festival USA. She has found her niche, and couldn’t be happier as the head buyer for the store. She continues to pursue a painting career and passion for travel, writing and photography in her spare time. Rebecca resides in downtown Charleston with her dog Boss.
Grace is a Mt. Pleasant native and recent graduate of the College of Charleston with a Degree in Communications. She joined Celadon in February 2012 after completing Internships in Public Relations with Charleston Fashion Week and Marketing with the Coastal Community Foundation. Grace’s vibrant, contagious energy is a daily breathe of fresh air, and her passion for fashion, design, and travel have made her the perfect addition to the Buying Department here at Celadon. She is a lover of the beach and life on the water and currently resides in downtown Charleston with her puppy Hadley.
A loyal employee since 2005, Celadon could not be more thankful to have Derrick. His jovial spirit, memory like an elephant, and commitment to his work have made him a staple at both the store and the warehouse. Derrick resides in Charleston and is the proud father of 5.
Joining Celadon in April of 2012, Olin is another native to Charleston, SC. A proud father of 5, Olin is a self -pronounced sports fanatic whose calm demeanor and good nature have made him a favorite staff-wide. Olin is also one of the men behind the wheel…give him a wave!