If you want a real treat, visit Robert Kime’s new interior design and antique shop at 43 Museum Street, very near the British Museum. I have known his first shop at 121 Kensington Church Street for years; but a year ago, this DECORATOR BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT TO THE PRINCE OF WALES opened a second shop. It is absolutely beautiful.
Robert Kime was the decorator chosen by the Prince of Wales to update and redecorate Clarence House after the death of his grandmother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Many of the Queen Mother’s personal possessions are still on display, and many of the state rooms are much as they were. But in other rooms, Kime has turned the house into a real home. Those who have visited Clarence House in the summer when the house is open to the public will agree that these new rooms are rich, full of wonderful personal family possessions, and livable. The rugs and fabrics are wonderful and create an atmosphere of subtle importance.
Kime has a wonderful way of making a room look like it has been there forever. He has also achieved this wonderful sense of age in the Hunting Lodge for the Duke of Beaufort at Badminton House. Badminton House has retained its very subtle quality with the wonderful use of fantastic fabrics, pillows, and rugs. There is no attempt to make it a “new” house; rather, it is a setting which seems to have been as it is forever. That effect takes a real decorator. Robert Kime was the right man for the job.
Antique shops and decorators are all over London, but the Robert Kime shop is another kind of experience. What a way to spend an hour or two. Don’t miss it; you will enjoy it very much. Christopher Payne runs the new shop on Museum Street, and he will welcome your visit.
Goodness, what fun.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918