was founded in 1996 by lifetime Tennessean Leigh Skillington in an old
warehouse building on 8
th Avenue South in downtown Nashville. Leigh started in the furnishings business as
an art wholesaler in 1989, supplying fine art to dealers and designers
throughout the South. In 1995 she opened
a small gallery named Art Is Heaven Gallery in the once active 3
Avenue downtown furnishings district.
That exposure and success enabled her to launch Karmal-Skillington one
year later with an emphasis on eclectic, high quality, one of a kind
pieces-very different to most of what was available in Nashville at that time.
experienced instant success thanks to good timing, a great location and a great
staff and Leigh’s desire to amaze her customer’s with unexpected treasures they
wouldn’t see anywhere else.
a small vendor began supplying Karmal-Skillington with farmhouse tables made
from old reclaimed pine. As customers
begin to request special sizes, Karmal-Skillington custom table business was
born. Years later, Karmal-Skillington
works direct with over 12 builders and employs 3 full time finishers in it’s
own 5000. Sq. ft finishing operation down the street from the main 8
Avenue showroom. Custom finished dining
chairs, sideboards, bookcases, coffee tables, media centers, kitchen islands,
etc. are regularly designed and built for Karmal-Skilington customers.
Karmal Skillington Legacy
While growing her company over the years Leigh Skillington's philosophy has always been a customer-centric approach and that is ingrained into the culture at Karmal Skillington. In its early years Karmal Skillington was and still remains a high end custom furniture business focusing exclusively on custom furniture. During that time systems were created to serve the most demanding clients requiring the highest level of service and detail. Constantly assessing the market and adjusting it's product, Karmal Skillington now serves the client in custom reclaimed flooring, for both residential and commercial among all price points. The same systems are in place in order to: remain attentive to the details, be diligent and maintain the highest service level possible. This is how Karmal Skillington has maintained an impeccable reputation over the years. Being one of the largest privately held custom furniture and flooring builders in the area, it takes experience and dedication to maintain the highest level of service. Karmal Skillington has worked together with it's customers for 20 years providing the highest quality product.