The home of Joan’s on Third’s Joan McNamara
There is a mouthwatering feast sitting on Joan McNamara ’s kitchen counter. A caramelized pork roast—“I braised it in buttermilk and Parmesan rind and lots of garlic,” Ms. McNamara said—sits next to a butter lettuce and cranberry salad. A half dozen plump scones and fluffy muffins are piled on a cake plate; espresso sends up a spiral of fragrant steam. It looks just like a display of goodies at Joan’s on Third, the eponymous food business Ms. McNamara has made a Los Angeles institution over nearly two decades.
The food isn’t the only similarity between Ms. McNamara’s 1,350-square foot West Hollywood loft and her gourmet store-restaurant-catering company a few blocks away. The business is as famous for its duck breast prosciutto and $39-a-pound pecorino cheese as it is for its trademark style: An industrial ceiling contrasts with bright white tile and Carrara marble, all flooded with sunshine. Ms. McNamara’s home has the same design flourishes, down to a recurring whimsical cow motif.
“My style has nothing to do with cost or trends or fashion. Everything is the way it is because I love it,” said Ms. McNamara, who declined to give her age and whose dancing blue eyes and hip, spiky haircut do little to betray it.
Each aspect of her design approach—New York industrial, European elegant and Southern California sunny—speaks to a portion of her biography. The loft is the culmination of a personal reinvention she began 19 years ago, when she bought a small catering company that grew into her current business.