Joanne Weir’s airy Victorian flat in Pacific Heights has been something of a work in progress since she moved back in 1990. “Ask any of my friends, I always have a project going,” she says. “I’m always thinking, ‘What can I do next?’”
Weir certainly doesn’t seem like one to stand still. She is the author of such cookbooks as the new “Wine Country Cooking,” as well as a cooking instructor and host of “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class” on PBS. Case in point: On the day of this photo shoot, she and her assistant were at work testing a recipe for golden fried artichoke fritters with Green Goddess dressing.
Weir’s kitchen is any cook’s dream — as it should be, seeing as it also serves as the set of her television show. Two wide islands for chopping and prep work (one stocked with stainless-steel and copper pans at easy reach), a six-burner Wolf range and two Sub-Zero fridges (one regular, one under the counter) make it convenient for Weir to not only work, but entertain friends with her signature Mediterranean cuisine.
“I love that my knives and the pans are easily accessible,” Weir says. “I really paid attention to the details.”
Her love for all things Mediterranean can be seen throughout the home, from the soothing color scheme — muted greens, yellows and blues with bright bursts of orange — inspired by plates she picked up in Spain, to the various ceramics and textiles gathered from her travels throughout Europe. Weir also selected subtle scroll patterns on detail pieces — such as richly colored rugs and curtains — to add even more European flavor to the overall aesthetic.
Weir’s personal touches extend beyond the kitchen. She has a background in art, which helped her design the wall-mounted lights in the dining room and paint the stenciling across the ceiling in her cool blue bedroom. Art that she has collected during her travels — from Cuban, Aboriginal and Mexican artists — adorns the walls.
Her love of food and cooking are clear in the sun-filled office, where hundreds of cookbooks line enormous white bookshelves. “I’m a writer, so I really wanted a great office,” she says.
Appropriately enough, Weir is about to get started on a new project: “My fiancé and I are just starting to redo the upstairs attic. This time, I’m building up.”
Design aesthetic: Eclectic Mediterranean
Notable design elements: Douglas fir floors, European ceramics and pottery, brick and tile accents, scroll patterns
Design inspirations: “My travels, especially through the Mediterranean.”
Favorite room: The kitchen. “This is where I spend the most time, whether it’s for work or entertaining.”
Prized possession: Her Wright Family dining table. “There’s something to be said about gathering people around the table.
Favorite local design store: Sue Fisher King. “I love looking in the windows, and how she just mixes things up, with color, prints and stripes.”
Favorite color combination: Semolina, sage and terracotta, the colors in her kitchen, dining and living room area.
Design books that inspire her: Books by Tricia Gould. “She has a real sense of how to use color. Color inspires me.”