Getting Moe Style: Moe Razi Design
When your childhood is chock-full of globetrotting excursions alongside your diplomat father, exposing your inquisitive mind to the sights, sounds and styles of foreign cities and cultures, you acquire a certain aptitude for all things fashionable. This first hand experience was a central facet in interior designer Moe Razi’s growth, and a pillar of her polished sense of style today.
“I still try to travel as much as I can to get inspiration from different cities,” explains Razi, owner of the Toronto-based interior design company Razi Design. “Every city has it’s own energy and it’s own unique style, and I always try to bring that back to wherever I’m working.”
At only four-years-old, Razi Design is still relatively young contrasted to industry troupers, but Razi’s celebrated resumé consists of accolades that could send seasoned veterans sulking back to the drawing board. She’s brought traditional Tuscan refinement to California and the distinguished rustic elegance of France to Toronto. Oh, and she’s also had a hand in refurnishing Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ Toronto estate – an achievement reserved for a privileged band of interior authors.
“I don’t like styles that are in-the-moment,” says Razi, whose worldly travels have fostered an impressive knack for linguistics, including French, Farsi, and her personal favourite, Polish. “In a week or two months you get tired of it, but if it’s something that you love, I think you will always love it.”
Perhaps Razi’s secret resides in this desire to distance her décors from oversaturated mainstream movements. Indeed, as Razi explains, she crafts each living space with the client’s personality in mind, delivering a novel look that manages to retain an air of comfortable familiarity.
So what are some simple tips for quick yet stylish refurnishing? “No. 1, I always say flowers make a huge difference,” recommends Razi, who also draws inspiration from some of her favourite designers, such as Alber Elbaz and Brunello Cuinelli. “Colourful, beautiful flowers just always brighten up any room.”
Throw pillows can also amend your home’s appearance, and new bed sheets or a duvet cover is an easy way to adjust your bedroom’s mien. For the art lover, Razi leans towards photographic art, and personally enjoys the work of Toronto’s Mango Studio.