Serving as a member of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Susan Coleman is the lead designer for Easterly Coleman Furniture Company.
Susan, who has designed homes all over the United States, as well as the Cayman Islands, now heads up the third generation family-owned business. With locations in Lebanon and Bristol, Va., venerable Easterly Coleman offers the finest in furniture, as well as a custom cabinetry and design services with Bristol serving as full scale design center.
Susan’s grandfather, James Easterly, founded what was originally known as Lebanon Furniture in 1935. Her father, Jim Jr., grew up working in the business and her mother, Lorene, joined him at Lebanon Furniture in 1970. Under Jim and Lorene’s direction, Lebanon Furniture became so successful that Heilig-Meyers, a notable and successful chain of that time, offered to buy Lebanon Furniture but Jim had no interest in selling the business.
Susan, who credits her mother as her inspiration for introducing sophisticated and elegant lines to the business, as well as being the catalyst for the company’s move into design work, attended the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. She received degrees in marketing and finance. Her graduate work in design was completed at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, then ranked within the top five design schools in the country.
Under the expert guidance of Susan and Tim, Easterly Coleman has developed into an extremely successful and reputable business and expanded its umbrella to include her grandfather’s original business, Lebanon Furniture Company.