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At Home With Jessica Mau

Last week, I had the true pleasure of spending a morning with the lovely Jessica Mau. Surely you recognize her as one of our favorite models… but I wanted to give you all a deeper glimpse into Jessica’s dreamy life.

A closer interior view rather than the usual exterior, if you will. I meandered into to her studio in the Arts District in downtown LA — it’s 8am. I’ve just spent far too long in traffic. I open the door and within an instant, I am transported. Heaven? Is this you? Incense was filling the room with my favorite Nag Champa scent, the smoke mingling with the early sun in the most merry of ways. Niko, her sweet lil’ pup, was chasing sun speckles as Jess made her home brewed teas. Yes, all her own creations. After giving me an impressive list of options, I settled on lemongrass echinacea, a hard choice over the others, buuuuut… I really gotta thing for lemongrass. We chatted and lounged about as she shifted into three of her favorite go to looks for LA. Perfect they were… high-waisted red printed trousers, an easy loose dress, and a cotton skirt with a cropped tank… drenched in her sister’s jewelry to boot. I look at her bookshelf (we all do this in others’ homes, don’t we?) and see she is also a fan of my favorite book “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” — We both flip for a minute and then move on to more important things… juice. Jess takes out her fresh veggies and loads both Annie and I with everything your body needs for a good morning.

Beyond her stunning natural beauty, Jess radiates an honesty and ease that makes you feel like old friends instantly. Not an ounce of ego here… just pure and loving. Thank you for a truly beautiful morning, Jessica. Read on to learn more about this lovely woman…

Where are you originally from, Jess?
I am from the Bay Area. Alameda to be exact :)

What are your parents like? How would you say they raised you? I would describe my parents as very supportive and easy going. They are both such unique people. In the last few years my mom has become a certified yoga instructor/Dr. Gerson expert and my dad has mastered the art of ukelele playing. I am constantly learning from them.

If you could invite one designer, one artist, one musician and one writer to put in a room and have a meal with… who would come? Who would be eating what? I would invite Charles and Ray Eames, David Hockney, Nico, and Richard Brautigan and we would be eating Indian food family style.

Jessica Mau at Home

jessica mau at home


Your morning ritual? Drinking tea while sitting in my sunny spot by the window.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have received… by whom did you receive it? Follow your heart, trust your intuition, and be yourself. From my dear friend Chloe Park.

If you weren’t modeling, what would you be spending your day doing? I would be living on a lush farm making tinctures and face masks.

jessica at home teas

jessica mau at home teas

jessica mau at home

jessica mau at home

jessica mau at home

In your next life… you’ll be happy coming back as… A Redwood.

Favorite meal… Sushi.

Best place in LA to chill? I love Elysian Park and the Daily Dose Cafe.

Favorite band/artist? I never get sick of Joni Mitchell.

Live anywhere in the world… where would that be? I would hop around between Hawaii and Joshua Tree.

Your greatest dream? To save all the doggies on death row at the pound.

Jessica Mau at home

Jessica Mau at home



jessica mau at home

jessica mau at home

jessica mau at home



How would you describe your style? Simple and loose with a touch of grandma and a hint of boyishness?

One thing you wish you could pull off… A visor.

Favorite items in your home? Tea kettle, cacti, endless stash of nag champa, and my pup.

Tell me about living in the Arts District? I love it. It has a great pioneering spirit down here. There are so many people with big ideas. New places are constantly popping up here and there. I also love Little Tokyo close by and how uncongested it is compared to other neighborhoods.

Three of your favorite current Free People items? I love the Slouchy Sweater Jacket, the Low Rise Relaxed Skinny Jeans, and the Ruffled Hem Button Down in white.

Thank you Jess! Seeee ya Nico!

jessica mau at home

Photos: Annie Edmonds

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Juliette Laura -December 3, 2013, 10:04AM

Oh my goodness she is perfect. Oh so beautiful, and her home and lifestyle are ideal. Lovely lady!

xo, Juliette Laura

Annejelina -December 3, 2013, 10:10AM

Wonderful interview and I loved her home as well <3
xoxo Annejelina

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LamentingLizzie -December 3, 2013, 10:42AM

Ok, I will team up with her and we can save all the doggies on death row. My dream come true. xoxo

Byer -December 3, 2013, 11:29AM

She seems like such a beautiful, calm soul. If possible, please post some of her tea recipes :)

Olivia Mullen -December 3, 2013, 11:40AM

Thank you so much for sharing this. I love her home and lifestyle! She’s very inspiring!

fpcarrie -December 3, 2013, 12:54PM

i love mau!!!!!!!!!!! she is off the charts. so kind and beautiful!

ema -December 3, 2013, 1:39PM

This is so pure. I can feel like Im actually sitting there too. X.

Evs -December 3, 2013, 1:42PM

great post…she’s such a natural beauty and real! lover her pup & her loft…

Tiffany -December 3, 2013, 1:56PM

Quite possibly one of the most beautiful spaces. Love those big windows!!

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Sheena LaShay -December 3, 2013, 2:18PM

Could she be anymore beautiful and captivating? Everything about this interview was lovely!

Calley -December 3, 2013, 2:50PM

She is so beautiful! I would also love to live on a lush farm making tinctures and face masks. ah, sounds lovely : )

christina -December 3, 2013, 4:11PM

She is stunning and so graceful in movement and spirit. Great feature, FP!

christina -December 3, 2013, 4:11PM

She is stunning and so graceful in movement and spirit. Great feature, FP!

Angie -December 3, 2013, 4:25PM

Wonderful interview! I’ve always wondered about this beauty! Stunning, inside and out.
The jewelry she is wearing is incredible! It says it was made by her sister?? Where can I find it?

Vera -December 3, 2013, 4:44PM

So nice to see that she is beautiful inside and out. And what a lovely home!

Janice Wright -December 3, 2013, 5:14PM

Lovely interview. Angie “The jewelry she is wearing is incredible! It says it was made by her sister?? Where can I find it?”
I recently went to the launch of her sister’s jewelry and bought 2 incredible pieces! Her work is stunning. Those Mau sisters are sublime! :)
You can find her work here:

megan -December 3, 2013, 5:15PM

LOVE her answer for greatest dream & love this idea for a feature. fun to get a glimpse inside cool people’s homes. <3

Ashley -December 3, 2013, 5:35PM

I love this space with the high ceilings and exposed brick… and the dog is super cute!

Belinda -December 3, 2013, 5:51PM

Love your studio. If I was younger I would never have given up on my dreams….I’ve always been so different…which is a Good thing :)…Thank you for sharing some of your life with us…you are Beautiful!

chelsea -December 3, 2013, 9:10PM

I love this skirt – where is it from?:)

ROSALIE -December 3, 2013, 9:49PM

She has my dream life <333333 you should do more house tours, i love them!!

Angie -December 3, 2013, 10:04PM

Thank you Janice! Here site is gorgeous! (got myself a Christmas present ;)

Anna -December 4, 2013, 5:34PM

Love her place, The Elegance of the Hedgehog is my favorite book too!

MacK Mars -December 4, 2013, 11:22PM

Wow what a stunning lady and gorgeous home!!

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Tiffany -December 6, 2013, 1:53PM

Where can I get a dress like this? (red one)

Nijn -December 8, 2013, 2:10PM

Lovely space! Would love to see more of it

Ruthie -December 8, 2013, 3:00PM

Thanks for such a great post!! She seems lovely and her dog is sooo cute!! Loved seeing ” The elegance of the hedgehog” in her pile of books. It’s one of my favorite books too.

jane -December 9, 2013, 7:54AM

cozy home & stylish woman…

Anne -December 11, 2013, 5:13AM

Lovely interview and lovely lady!

Any details on her bed? It’s exactly what I’m looking for.

Mykaela -December 11, 2013, 7:05PM

I loved this post – what an enchanting woman! Would it be possible to get you guys to post her favorite recipe for juicing? Cheers :)

JuleneTheGypsy -December 13, 2013, 4:00PM

She is my all time favorite model! So striking and natural. She seems to be very grounded in real life. Thank you for this!

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Charlotte -January 1, 2014, 10:56PM

Love her space. Love her aura. She has a very natural beauty about her. I can honestly say she had me at the redwood comment haha love it. Thank you for the post! Great inspiration —

P.S. Getting The Elegance of the Hedgehog tomorrow to read:)

Gloria -April 6, 2014, 10:31AM

She exudes peace. Great interview. I’m with Anne. Her bed frame is exactly what I’m looking for. Where do I find something like that?

kim carmichael -June 4, 2014, 10:01AM

is there a pattern to make the bed ?

LAXseries -September 15, 2014, 3:05PM

Thank you so much for all the positive words on Jessica’s bed! We’re so glad you like it.

You can find it on our website at under Storage Platform.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 310.313.4700 or email


Sara -October 27, 2014, 1:53PM

She is very beautiful inside and aut.
Thank you for this interesting and elegant interview!

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