French’s Cabinet Gallery, LLC was founded in 2000 by designer Barbara French.
As a builder she was frustrated that she couldn’t find what she wanted for her clients – custom cabinetry that would last a lifetime while maintaining its beauty.
As a realtor she knew quality kitchen and bathroom cabinets in a home increased its resale value.
As a skilled designer she understood the benefits of having cabinets that are aesthetically pleasing and provide maximum storage.
She took all this knowledge and started her own cabinet company that provides premium design, service and installation, along with competitive pricing. Now French’s Cabinet Gallery, LLC is one of the most recognizable names in cabinetry in Middle Tennessee.
Barbara French – Owner
Entrepreneur Barbara Kinnamon French has worn many hats throughout her professional career. She started her business career in professional sales and attained the #3 position in the nation with 3M Corporation. She has been a partner in a successful high-end home building business in the Brentwood area where she designed, built, remodeled and flipped homes. As a Realtor in Nashville she successfully sold millions of dollars of real estate over a period of 15 years. She started and operated two Curves for Women franchises as well as beginning a corporate relocation business which offered fully furnished condos to executive level clients. Also to her credit as a songwriter, she penned a #1 single which was also the title cut to a Grammy Award winning album. What she loves most is designing kitchens and doing interior design. She believes making spaces beautiful and comfortable for her customers increases the enjoyment and satisfaction of their lives.
Kym Alayne-Heaton – Designer
As a member of NKBA and Designer for French’s Cabinet Gallery, LLC, Kym Heaton has been designing kitchens and bathrooms for over 18 years. Before becoming a cabinet designer, she expressed her creativity as a professional dancer with a prestigious Chicago dance company, sang professionally in a show at Universal Studios Hollywood, and was an NFL cheerleader for our very own Tennessee Titan’s here in Nashville. She brings this high level of drive and professionalism into every design project. She not only works well with builders and contractors to make sure everything is measured to perfection, she also ensures her clients’ cabinets are both stunning and functional.
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Erin Hurst – Designer
Erin Hurst earned her certification for CKD (Certified Kitchen Designer) in 2011. She has been designing residential kitchens and baths for over 13 years. As graduate of Purdue University, her work has been featured on Property Brothers and several articles on Houzz.com. Her attention to detail is second to none in ensuring not only a beautiful, functional kitchen, but communicates with other trades to ensure a smooth installation process. In addition to working for French’s Cabinet Gallery, LLC, Erin is the President of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and assists her husband with his business, Guitar Build Workshop.
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Kelsey Swingler – Designer
Kelsey joined French’s Cabinet Gallery, LLC in June 2019. Prior to joining the team, Kelsey worked in central Illinois near her hometown of Teutopolis designing kitchens and bathrooms. She has more than seven years’ experience. Kelsey attended Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Interior and Environmental Design. Kelsey is ready to put her skills and expertise to work in Nashville and is excited about the city’s growth in new home development and residential remodels. Kelsey enjoys exploring the area, attending various concerts, exploring the outdoors, traveling in and out of the country, and spending time with her friends and family.
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Rachel Thomas – Office Manager
Rachel and her family moved to the Nashville area from Kansas City, Missouri in September 2018 and she immediately fell in love with Tennessee’s beautiful landscape and endless opportunities for adventure! She comes to French’s Cabinet Gallery, LLC with over 20 years’ experience in customer relations, administrative support, and office management in fields ranging from healthcare and residential construction to education. In her role as Office Manager Rachel works behind the scenes to ensure that the business runs smoothly and efficiently. In addition to her organization and business contributions, she also has an eye for decorating and loves to stage our completed projects for photoshoots.
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