Flowers, gardens, the out of doors play a key role in the Kime dynamic.
Blooms are scattered onto fabrics, classic garden fencing is drawn on wallpapers. Document needlework reimagined, where stitches of petals, worn off the original are intentionally left off the - flowers and gardens and growing things at Robert Kime.
At an early age, Robert made dens in the garden - little havens of imagination. The "green shed" (though it was black, no one recalls why it was called green) at the bottom housing some of the voracious collecting of his parents, which clearly informed his own passion.
Today, Kime's Ebury Street garden feels legendary - maybe only because the lemon tree report is becoming a fixture on Instagram, acting as a seasonal barometer on Pimlico Road.
At Robert's own houses - gardens play their part - marrying the indoors and out, Robert explains "I see how the garden should be - where one would sit, or walk. What might grow. Even if starting from scratch, I just see it."
Considered a critical finishing touch in a room - though not a flourish at Kime, flowers and leaves are always used indoors as they come in from the garden. Loose and natural...
A scullery in Provence, keeps everything cool with a stone sink:
Not one for mixed bouquets, Robert likes "flowers simply, not as concoctions" - small jugs hold local blooms in Ardagh's tidy kitchen:
Swangrove's pale decorating scheme - French Linen at the windows, soft colours on the chairs and walls are echoed in cachepots filled with loose-limbed cosmos - in pink and white, cut from gardens outside the door of this interesting building.
Ramblers in blue and white on a mantlepiece in Provence; leafy branches adding their shape to the overall spirit of a room
A very elegant dining room table, laid by Robert at Wraxall Manor is delicately strewn in creamware surtout de table.
And at a project in the Bahamas, coral stands in for blossoms - a natural hue affirms the scheme with a resonant Kime ikat.
Wild roses are carried in by the armload, and gathered into a large, low urn - their scale in line with the tapestry and picture.
When it was time for client Tory Burch to arrive at the house Robert and team had created for her and husband Pierre Yves Roussel in Normandy, France - Robert brought blooms from English gardens to add to cuttings from Tory’s own gardens in France.
Early morning trips to Covent Garden Flower market are regular affairs.
While structurally, Robert details the be outside mantra
In big ways - at Wraxall, a disused loggia (what amazingly had once been a kitchen) is reinvigorated, a fireplace is added by Robert and a wine tasting table encourages en plein air use.
While an anteroom to the loggia - makes an impromptu floral workroom... and at La Gonette's orangerie.
And in small ways too - on a walk down a path to breathe in that same be outside sensibility.