About Us

French’s Cabinet Gallery 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 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, 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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Kelly Smith – Designer

Kelly joins French’s Cabinet Gallery with over 25 years of design experience.  She grew up on nearby Pickwick Lake and moved to Dallas, TX after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design from Mississippi State University.  Wanting to create a more personalized experience for clients, she took her space-planning skillset from hospitality and corporate design to the residential market in 2005.  Kelly enjoys assisting builders, remodelers, realtors and homeowners through all the decisions of kitchen and bath planning.  Her kitchens and baths have won multiple awards by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) – Dallas Chapter and NARI Regional.  She relocated to Nashville in 2021 to be closer to 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, 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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Jerry Howell – Project Manager

Jerry and his wife moved to the Nashville area in 2019 to be near their kids and grandkids. He thinks it’s the best move they ever made! Prior to moving to the Nashville area, Jerry worked as a structural building inspector for the City of Houston, TX for 11 years. He also has over 15 years experience in the cabinet industry, building and installing custom cabinets. As Project Manager at French’s Cabinet Gallery, Jerry helps our designers by doing field measures, managing and scheduling installations and deliveries, completing final punch list items on installations, assisting with warranty calls, and more. Jerry’s attention to detail and commitment to customer service makes him a perfect addition to the French’s Cabinet Gallery team.

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