About Us

Beaufort, SC’s Favorite Furniture Store Since 1972!

The Furniture & Services You Deserve

We believe our huge selection and Best Price Guarantee make us the top local place to shop for home furnishings.

Rich In History

FWDG was founded in 1972, by then 20 year-old Larry Mark and his Father, Ernest. The Mark Family dates back to 1904 in the Beaufort area and is proud of the legacy created by three generations.

FWDG serves furniture needs throughout the Lowcountry. The store is the source for quality home furnishings in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Okatie, Ridgeland, Seabrook, Walterboro, and Charleston. Those from the Coastal Empire of Georgia, including Savannah, Rincon, Port Wentworth, and Pooler also trust FWDG to furnish their homes. 

Proud Furniture 1st Members

While independently owned, FWDG is a member (and Board Member) of the award-winning nationwide cooperative Furniture First. Through this organization, we can pass discounts on to you, our guest.

Lowcountry’s Best Awards

19 Years

Beaufort Gazette Reader’s Choice Award – 19 years in a row

2022, 2023

Island Packet Beaufort Gazette's Lowcountry's Best Award Winner

2021

Island Packet Beaufort Gazette's Lowcountry's Best Award Winner

2021

Sea Island Rotary Club - Ethics in Business Award

2021

Beyond the Top Award from Furniture Today

2020

Explore Beaufort’s Best Furniture Store

2019

Lowcountry’s Best (Beaufort Gazette) Winner

2019, 2018

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort – Best Furniture Store

2018, 2017

Island News Best Furniture Store

2018, 2017

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort – Best Furniture Store

Our Team

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Larry Mark

Owner and Founder

FWDG was founded in 1972, by 20-year-old Larry Mark and his father, Ernest. The Mark Family dates back to 1904 in the Beaufort area and is proud of the legacy created by 3 generations.

Kevin Gadson

General Manager

Kevin has worked in furniture sales and management for more than 20 years. A Navy veteran, he is a native of Hilton Head Island. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

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Donna Senica

CEO

  Donna is retired from Panasonic Corporation with 30 years of service as their Controller. She moved to Marco Island, FL from New Jersey, and recently, relocated to Beaufort, SC to be closer to family and friends. Donna loves the low country living, enjoying the seasons, and hobbies such as boating, beaches, and all the festivities year-round that Beaufort, SC has to offer. As CEO of FWDG, Donna brings hard working values, coupled with a passion to ensure success for our owners, customers, and staff.

Melissa Haas

BUYER

 The family atmosphere here at FWDG has been so gracious and welcoming. It is my pleasure to join FWDG and to contribute to this talented and experienced team by bringing my education and experience with me into my position here. I studied Fashion Merchandising with additional courses in Interior Design and have spent my career in roles of Retail Purchasing, Management, and Visual Merchandising. Home Decorating has been a passion for me and I have continued studying home decorating and design. It is so rewarding to help others create the look they desire for their own homes.

Kim Crumrine

Assistant General Manager

Growing up on Hilton Head Island as a teen, Kim helped her parents with their local business, The Sign of the Mermaid, which, interestingly, was a gift shop that helped local designers furnish villas and houses. Over the years, she has worked for various companies such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Casual Corner, and most recently Zales. Wanting to continue her skills in customer service but in a different niche, she was drawn to FWDG. After having explored life outside of the area, she is glad to be home and looking  forward to developing new relationships and a new chapter.

Craig Loadholt

Warehouse manager

Craig was born in New York and raised in the Lowcountry. He began his journey at FWDG as a warehouse worker in May 2015. Within five years, he was promoted to warehouse manager. His customer-centric approach consistently earns our delivery team five-star ratings. He loves seeing our customers’ smiling faces when they receive their new furniture.

Ella Hunt

Visual Display Coordinator

Born and raised in Washington state, Ella moved to South Carolina after getting married in June of 2021. While she sometimes misses the mountains, scenery, and extensive coffee scene of the northwest, she loves living in the South and especially loves the weather here. 

Ella began working at FWDG in April 2022. Since arriving, she’s made the store feel, cozy, comfortable, and homelike. Thanks to her, our guests can envision how the furniture will look and feel in their own homes.

Kristin Plyler

Marketing Administrator

Kristin is a South Carolina native, born and raised in the upstate.  After graduating from Clemson University with a BS in Graphic Communications,  her family was relocated through the Marine Corps to Camp Pendleton, in San Clemente, California. She began her professional career in marketing with a promotional manufacturing and branding agency, while also freelancing for small businesses, and  building an online jewelry company. She became a mom in 2021, and transitioned into a fully remote marketing position with a national wedding vendor, allowing her more time to focus on her growing family. The Marine Corps eventually brought her family back to the Lowcountry of  South Carolina in 2024, where she joined FWDG as the Marketing Administrator. She is excited to be apart of the FWDG family and to be home in the beautiful Palmetto State!

Sherry Kollar

Design Consultant

Sherry is from a small town in Maine where she started her own business after graduating from the University of Southern Maine. She moved to South Carolina in 1985 after she married her wonderful husband, Anthony, who is a native of Beaufort. 

Working at FWDG since August of 2003, Sherry proves that “FWDG is a great place to work.” As a design consultant, she finds it fun and fulfilling to help people create beautiful living spaces, and she also served as sales manager for 5 years.

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Beverly Sciaretta

Design Consultant

Starting in sales at 17 years old in one of Ohio and Pennsylvania’s largest furniture stores, Beverly has enjoyed more than 3 decades in furniture sales. Prior to coming to the Lowcountry, Beverly owned her own store, selling furniture, gifts, and decor. Deciding to leave Ohio, she sold her business to another family member. Once in South Carolina, she found another wonderful family-owned furniture store in FWDG. Here at FWDG, Beverly has helped many clients make their homes beautiful and comfortable. With her experience in selling and building furniture with her father, she has many ideas to help transform your house into a home.

 
 

Joan Carter

Design consultant

Born in Ohio, Joan moved to Bluffton 22 years ago from Huntsville, AL to manage The Patio Shoppe, one of FWDG’s sister stores. When that store closed in 2008, she joined the FWDG family. Joan has been in retail sales since the early 80s when she worked in her family’s casual furniture store in Florida, followed by managing other retail stores and owning her own business in Huntsville. She studied Fashion Merchandising and continuing education in Interior Design.

Joan loves working with her clients and helping them obtain a beautiful home within the budget they are comfortable with. Joan is known for her knowledge base in furniture and for helping you find what you need.
Joan is blessed to have three daughters that live in Bluffton along with 5 amazing grandchildren. In her spare time, you will see her at various football/baseball/softball fields throughout the season.

Sheena Morrall

Design Consultant

Sheena has spent 25+ years in retail sales. She has an eye for design, putting colors together, and raises the bar for sales performance. She is known for her professional presentation and personable nature. “I’m indescribably thankful for my clients, friends, family, and my husband of 30+ years who have been a part of the story. I’m here to create your beautiful home.” 

Sheena joined the FWDG team in 2017. In addition to her professional achievements, Sheena is active in her church, volunteering as an adult praise dancer and youth stick dance teacher. Sheena also likes watching hummingbirds- “It’s my sweetest escape.” 

Leigh Thompson

Design consultant

Leigh Thompson joins us from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She relocated to Beaufort looking forward to the Lowcountry lifestyle, the beautiful southern homes, and the beaches! Leigh has been in the home design industry for over a decade and enjoys working with fabrics, textures, colors and furniture to transform a space. 

When Leigh is not helping decorate homes, she enjoys visiting the beaches, painting and cooking with her husband and 3 little ladies.

Nick Desautels

Design Consultant

Born in Upstate New York, Nick recently moved to the area after many years of vacationing here. He is looking forward to enjoying the Lowcountry lifestyle. Having been in furniture sales since 2021, he brings background knowledge and a passion for the industry that is notable with every interaction. Prior to this, he had been in insurance sales, helping his father start an agency from scratch. His passion for helping the customer always comes first, and he will go out of his way to make sure it is always a good experience. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, Kelsey, and exploring all that this beautiful area has to offer, from the beach, to the history, to the food!

 

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Vanessa Rye

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT



Growing up in a military family, Vanessa has traveled across the globe, and finally settled in Beaufort, SC. She got a master’s degree in teaching, got married and then returned to Beaufort after retiring. She has a love for boating and shrimping, as well as spending time with her family. She joined our FWDG Administrative Team in June 2023!

 

 

 

 
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Susan Villemure

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Born and raised in New York, Susan moved to the Low Country in 2010.  Her career started in the Mortgage and Real Estate industry and after moving to South Carolina, she has enjoyed working in the furniture industry. After being warmly greeted at FWDG, Susan is pleased to be part of the team. In her spare time, she enjoys music, gardening and spending time with family and friends.   

 
 
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Jennifer Fitzhugh

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Jennifer is a retired Navy Veteran who also had a 20-year career in Human Resources and Safety Management.  She recently elected to change careers for the opportunity to work in the Furniture, décor and design industry.  Her love of all things in this area has been life-long; while completing her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration at Columbia College in Missouri she owned and operated a small Remodeling / Decorating business.  Jennifer moved to Beaufort in 2018 and joined FWDG in 2023.

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Shirley Johnson

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Shirley grew up in Allendale, SC. She is now a homeowner in Beaufort and has three wonderful children. She worked on Hilton Head Island for 17 years as an administrative assistant and joined the FWDG team in December of 2023. Shirley loves to read, shop, and travel.

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