Nashville Design District: Kenny & Company
Kitchen and bath showroom evolves to cater to growing Nashville
By Hollie Deese
Photography by Laurie Wilson
Nashville was a different place when Kenny & Company began doing business in the Gulch in 2003. After 15 years supplying gorgeous kitchen and bath fixtures to designers and homeowners, they moved to their current location the Design District in 2018.
Bill Kenny, founder of parent company Kenny Pipe & Supply, opened the luxury showroom to support Nashville’s builder and design community and their clientele. He founded Kenny Pipe & Supply in Nashville in 1992, when the builders and designers who were looking for a more personal, custom touch to their showroom experience were pretty much out of luck elsewhere.
“Our move to the Design District was a response to both the need for more space and the requests to bring our showroom experience nearer the other design-related firms in town,” says Samantha Costello, operations manager. “Sidco’s Design District area was already making a name for itself, and we are excited to play a part in the future of its growing reputation.”
Their clients were also looking for convenience, which is why the move to the Design District was so important.
“For them to be able to select plumbing, tile, lighting and hardware with us, head down the sidewalk to Iron Gate for design services and furniture, and then go up the road to Cenwood Appliance for their appliances — that makes completing their home design stress- and traffic-free,” Costello says. “Nashville is growing by leaps and bounds, and the less time clients spend in their vehicles, the happier they will be.”
Plus, guests to the Design District showroom can test shower heads in their working shower display and faucets in the working kitchen faucet area to see how products will function.
Costello says the philosophy behind the Kenny & Company “experience” is to learn the client’s design personality and then connect beauty with their desired functionality to create their dream space.
“We pride ourselves in providing a very personal and distinct experience for our clients,” Costello says. “Our product and design specialists take you on a journey from idea to installation, eliminating stress and making the process as hassle-free as possible.”
Kenny & Co. stocks a wide range of looks, from classic to modern to transitional, and currently they are seeing clients using finishes in everything from champagne gold to sleek, matte black in their plumbing fixtures.
“One of the biggest benefits to our showroom is the amount of product we have on display, plus we work with distinct vendors to offer the best products in the industry,” she says. “Clients can see and touch countless plumbing fixtures and see the various colorations in our tile and stone.”
Being a locally, family-owned business, Costello says they take a lot of those same family values into each selection meeting with the client.
“Our showroom does a beautiful job of showing off our large selection of the latest in plumbing, tile and stone, hardware and lighting,” says Costello. “Our staff of degreed interior designers helps clients find the style best-suited for their project, whatever the budget. We want our clients to feel like they are getting the best customer service experience and to actually enjoy the design process. We try our best to tell our clients to leave their stress at home and let us do the heavy lifting.”
Kenny & Company
2934 Sidco Drive #100, Nashville