Supermodel Maggie Rizer Shows Us Around Her Gorg East Bay Abode

If you're a die-hard fashion fan, then there's no doubt you're probably a follower of supermodel Maggie Rizer. Seriously, there was a time when the face of the sometimes-blonde, sometimes-redhead waif from upstate New York just couldn't be escaped (lucky for us, we might add).
And fortunately for San Francisco, we can now claim Rizer as one of our own, thanks to her move out west three years ago, around the time she settled down with her husband, East Bay businessman Alex Mehran. Now residing in a rustic-cool abode in Diablo, a four-months-pregnant Rizer invited us into her home to take a look around, play dress-up in her enviable closet (it ain't bad having designer friends!), meet her adorable 10-month-old son, Zander, and more. Check out how this model citizen lives, right here in the Bay.
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Photographed by Molly DeCoudreaux
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How would you describe your style?
"I think that at the root of my style there has always been a healthy mix of comfort chic meeting a fairytale with a rough edge. With that said, I believe and can only hope that my style has matured with fashion and my knowledge and appreciation of it over the years."

You moved from New York to San Francisco three years ago. What are you loving about San Francisco and the Bay Area?
"I love the lifestyle out here, it's very civilized. BBQs, normal work hours, cars to transport you instead of cabs. Also, I love how easily you can get to different climates like Napa, L.A., Mexico, and Lake Tahoe. On the East Coast, it's pretty much the same forecast until you hit the Carolinas!"

Maggie, in an Anna Sui dress and Frye boots, strikes a pose in her backyard.

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What do you miss most about New York?
"The people! Their hustle, motivation, and creativity. Good snowstorms, rain, sleet, thunder, and lightening! The nonstop style (good and bad!). That, and of course my family and friends."

Now that you've moved to the Bay Area, do people ever recognize you?
"It still makes me blush! I get a lot of, "Do people ever tell you that you look exactly like Maggie Rizer?" And I give a lot of, "Thanks, I hear that a lot." I'm not good at owning up to it."

Girl's best friend! Golden retriever Albert gets a little head pat next to Maggie's cool bike collection.

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You've had such a storied career. What, to you, are a few highlights?
"Shooting the cover of American Vogue with Kate Moss was very cool, and being nominated five times for the VH1 Model of the Year award was a huge honor. But my biggest highlight was doing the Viktor & Rolf haute couture show as the only model. My agent, Louie Chaban, had to beg me to do it. I had to choose that or the Chanel Couture show and I was very close to turning it down. I've learned a lot about fashion since those days, but thank God someone smarter then me was making the calls!"

What's one of the best pieces of advice you've received in your career?
"'Keep your chin down. And if you don't know what you're doing, make us believe you do.' From my first job with Steven Meisel. 'You must fly the Concorde in life, it's much more chic.' From Karl Lagerfeld when I was shooting the Fendi campaign with him in Biarritz."

Now those are what we call baby blues!

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How would you describe the aesthetic of your home?
"Northern New York cabin meets glam resort in the Alps? At least that's where we'd like to live! We've tried to achieve it just by being true to our tastes and consistently editing what doesn't work and adding on as we go along. Every time we think we're finished with this house, we seem to start another project."

An overview of Maggie's lodge-like living room, made extra cozy with birch wallpaper and plush couches.

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What are your favorite decor pieces in your home?
"I love the wallpaper. My mother used to wallpaper everything in our house: lampshades, outlet covers, etc. She went a little overboard! When I bought my first apartment in New York, the very first thing I did was have Gracie wallpaper the entryway in rice paper hand painted with birds, trees, ladybugs, and ponds. That was hands-down the worst part about selling that apartment! I tried to take it with me, but in the end I succumbed to the fact that it just wasn't happening. My second favorite thing would have to be my closet and our bathroom, Though I don't think rooms count as decor pieces!"

Maggie wears Gap jeans, J.Crew top, Balenciaga jacket, Hermes scarf, and Alberto Fermani boots.

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Where do you draw your decor inspiration from?
"I grew up in the very Northern most part of New York state, you could call it close to the middle of nowhere. It's my favorite place in the world. I love the feeling of bonfires, the gorgeous blues of the lake, being snowed in at 20 below with snowdrifts, and the smell of walking through the forest at night. I feel like I'm always trying to recreate that feeling wherever I am. Hence, the birch wallpaper, large comfortable couches, big fireplace, lots of natural elements, and blue tones. Combined with Alex's love of sailing, both of our love of collecting while traveling, and our love of gorgeous hotels ... I guess that's how our house got to where it is!"

Albert takes a stroll across the wide and woodsy space.

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Do you have any favorite home shops in the Bay?
"Alex and I love this reclaimed wood shop in Berkeley called Artisan Burlwood. We're having our kitchen table made there now. My new favorite flower shop is Florali in Walnut Creek, I love Martin Kobus in Marin for cushions and window treatments, although that's less of a shop and more made to order. Also, Fire on Demand makes the best fire pits, a perfect mix between modern and rustic."

Maggie, showcasing her rustic-cool roots.

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What's your coolest cheap score of late, clothing or for the home?
"Pumpkins! I love decorating for holidays, it's inexpensive but really brings life to a home. So, pumpkins and J.Crew. I'm there so much, they should just ship me new T-shirts monthly."

Photos of an adorable baby Zander, next to Alex's model ships, which add a nautical touch to the home.

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What's the most treasured item in your closet?
"That's a tricky one. I'm going to say my wedding dress, which has been preserved to guilt my future daughters into wearing! Also, my grandmother's engagement ring. If I got to pick a third I wouldn't be able to. Too many things in my closet are just completely irreplaceable. When we were insuring the items in our house I got very upset when they asked me to put a price on my clothes! It's impossible! If we ever had a fire, no amount of money could bring back what I've collected over the years."

If you had to restrict your closet to three designers. Who would they be?
"Marni, Anna Sui, and Balenciaga ... and then I'd borrow a lot of Prada and Marc Jacobs."

Maggie, in a Marni jacket, Prada skirt, Fendi scarf, Fogal tights, Manolo Blahnik heels, and Bijoux Heart earrings, in her enviable closet.

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What would you never be caught dead wearing?
"Oh God, there are a lot of things! Unfortunately, as a model I've had to wear many of the things on my list, but since I was being paid I can overlook it ... mostly. It's tough for me to get into a preppy look. I cannot bear to wear anything too 'matchy-matchy.' Looks that are too styled irritate me. Anything too thought out feels very boring. It's like the amateur stylist on a test shoot trying to pack in too many credits."

Well, hello beauty! We're especially loving those Bijoux Heart earrings.

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What's changed in your life the most after becoming a mother?
"Traveling is not quite as easy, I pack for two and am ten times slower then I was — which was already slow! But not too much else has changed! It's important for us that having kids doesn't make us stop doing the things we love to do in life, it keeps things interesting!"

Maggie and Zander, in Oscar de la Renta baby overalls (!), take a little Mommy-and-Me break.

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What's the best part of motherhood?
"I'm not sure if there is a best part. It's just a whole new experience that I never could have imagined, as hard as I tried. I love that I am able to open his eyes to the best of life, to show him and guide him through the best the world has to offer. There are too many opportunities in life to see the worst in people and in the world and there is this short amount of time Zander will have before he is forced to live in that world. I feel so blessed that I can help him navigate through the junk to hopefully help him lead a happy, healthy, and safe life filled with a positive outlook. That, and of course the fact that life really is a miricle, however corny that does sound."

Like mother, like son. Maggie shows off her favorite Frye boots while Zander models his Nikes.

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What are you most excited about having a second son?
"I think there's something so special about having a sibling very close in age to you. I was lucky enough to be very close with my older sister and I feel blessed that we can give that to our boys. I imagine they will play together, have the same friends, build forts together ... I can only hope that they'll be best friends, who happen to be brothers. There's nothing better that I can imagine then being 90 years old with Alex and having five kids, 25 grandchildren, and a zillion great-grandchilren to follow. And five or six golden retrievers at our feet."

That little face ... we can't!

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Do you have any fashion magazines or web sites that you love to browse for inspiration?
"I love checking out Vogue, Vogue.it, Refinery29, and Style.com for fun. For shopping purposes, I mostly like to get right to it and go to My Theresa, Browns Fashion, Net-A-Porter, and Selfridges."

em> A look inside of Maggie and Alex's master bedroom.

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What three items in your wardrobe get the biggest workout?
"A cream-colored scarf Alex gave me when we first started dating that I wear with pretty much everything, a long soft black Marni vest that Consuelo Castiglioni gave me years ago, and my black Frye boots that I bought in 1996 when my agent told me to go buy a pair of heels to learn to walk in."

Maggie, in another Anna Sui dress, lounges in her room, which includes a wedding-day painting (a gift to her husband) and also a nude of herself by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

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Is there anything in your closet that you have yet to wear?
"There's not enough space in any closet to waste on something you're not going to wear!"

Pictures of Zander as a tiny baby sit inside a nook in Maggie's closet, next to a stack of bags.

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You're obviously gorgeous. What are your go-to hair and makeup products?
"For makeup: Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, Dior Addict 'Paris' lipstick, and Clinique Naturally Glossy mascara. For hair: I see Christopher and Christian at Joseph Cozza Salon. I dye and change my hair so much, I need all the help I can get!"

Maggie in one of her favorite places: Her light-soaked bathroom!

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