When you walk into the McKinnon Furniture showroom on Western Avenue in Seattle, what hits you first is the pleasing fragrance. Wood. Beautiful wooden dining room sets. Handsome wooden bookcases. Refined wooden wardrobes. Cherry furniture, maple furniture, walnut furniture and mahogany furniture. There is no way around it, McKinnon furniture is simply stunning. And all of it, yes all of it, is manufactured in my home town of Seattle.
I sought out McKinnon Furniture because it was self-evident that the people who built this furniture really knew what they were doing. Their furniture is just drop dead gorgeous. At McKinnon Furniture, particle board need not apply. McKinnon produces nine separate Bedroom Collections: Berkeley, Bungalow, Carriole, Kyoto, Mackintosh, Mission, Prairie, Shinto, and Soho. Each style is available in cherry, mahogany, walnut, oak or maple. Each bedroom collection features beds, dressers & armoires, night stands, blanket chests and mirrors. The variety available within each style of bedroom collection is vast; 12 types of dressers & armoires, five types of night stands, and three types of mirrors. It is pretty impressive.
McKinnon’s dining room tables come in so many different configurations and styles I won’t even try to explain them all. Suffice it to say that with the help of McKinnon’s staff you can design pretty much any configuration you could imagine. Dining cabinets can be designed to complement or contrast a dining room table set.
McKinnon also produces very cool Japanese influenced Tansu Modules. By mixing and matching the huge range of modules available, multiple configurations are possible. McKinnon rounds out its extensive collection with media cabinets, home office furniture, accent furniture, occasional tables and bookcases. McKinnon also features metal tables by Gilman and upholstered furniture.
You always have a soft spot for the first people who support you in an endeavor. I have a soft spot for Sheila McKinnon and Theresa Schneider, the two partners who run McKinnon Furniture. Sheila and Theresa were the first people I approached when I was beginning to write my upcoming book, Simply American, Putting our Extended American Family Back to Work. If I had gotten a ho-hum or similar reaction from Sheila and Theresa, I am not sure what I would have done. Instead what I got from them was an enthusiastic reaction and support for my book. I can’t thank them enough.