About

Robi Keyes

I always wanted to live in the same house and watch the bushes grow, but it was never possible… I began school in  The Netherlands and later attended school  in Venezuela, with eight Stateside moves in between.  I married a Naval officer and we were relocated frequently within the continental states and Guam. When he became a diplomat, our growing family moved to Sudan, Austria, Thailand, Germany, and Australia. Amazingly, I have called six of the seven continents home.

Now, I’ve chosen Charlottesville as “home for good,” bringing world-class design training and experience to all who admire classic elegance in comfortable settings.

Robi Keyes Interiors promises inspiration: decorating splash and freshness, discretion and delight in your home or business interiors–tailored to your taste and defined by your budget.

Wanderlust has fashioned the rooms in my own homes, with at least one specific refinement. The 14-foot python skin which graced our walls for years reminded me of that African day when a white-robed man followed my husband around the Omdurman market offering his prize. Exasperated, John bought the skin. Our children used the python for many school “show and tells,” so it was a good buy. But! I no longer feel the need to have it in my living room.

Since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of interiors and spaces. My parents got annoyed when, in their absence, I would rearrange sofas and chairs and move pictures on walls. Even in grammar school, I was wild about color and particular about placement.

As a “global nomad”, I have created interiors in odd and elaborate spaces. In Bangkok, I designed an addition to an office where victims of human trafficking lived and designed jewelry. In Vienna, I fashioned a medical office and waiting room. In Khartoum I spruced up the library in the American Embassy.  I headed up the Embassy Christmas decorators in Canberra and helped diplomats make their homes cohesive and personal in every post we lived. What a joy!

In Charlottesville within one year, Robi Keyes Interiors has happily taken off:

  • I just completed design work on an addition and historic renovation of The Dinsmore on Charlottesville’s West Main Street. It is the only luxury boutique hotel of its kind near the University of Virginia!
  • A homeless shelter in Central Virginia has recruited me to select interior finishes, and to rehab sofas, dining sets and beds to make The Journey Home in Mineral beautiful, homey and comfortable.
  • I have designed interiors in private homes in Charlottesville, Keswick and Gordonsville.

And, by the way, I’ve planted bushes around my house, and I am watching them grow.  Perhaps I can help your decorating dreams grow as well . . .

Please call or email me. Let’s have a conversation over a cup of tea.