sneak peek: jill malek

Just one year ago, graphic designer and pattern maker Jill Malek moved with her husband, Vram Malek, and their 2 1/2 year-old son to this Brooklyn Heights apartment, which is on the 22nd floor. Although Jill had lived in New York for ten years, her relationship with the city transformed; she had never lived quite so high. They have unobstructed views from Brooklyn through Queens to Staten. She can now watch planes on their flight path to La Guardia and feels closer to the moon and stars. That incredible feeling of living in the sky has found its way into Jill’s new patterns, and the primary decorating objective for the apartment has been to not obscure the view. But they also wanted a simple, clean and flexible living environment that would accommodate their active toddler.  Thanks, Jill and Vram! And a big thanks to Jami Saunders for the lovely photos! — Amy Azzarito

Image above: Our living room. The pillow on the left is by friend and fellow wallpaper designer, Eskayel. The oblong Paul Smith striped pillow in the center was made from the pants that my husband wore on our wedding day. We have a little collection of friend and amazing painter ROSTARR’s work on our walls.

Image above: A Danish chair we found in an antique store upstate, next to our son’s chair

See more of Jill’s Brooklyn apartment after the jump . . .

Image above: My son’s bed nook with Flux in demi-jour (part of my wallpaper collection) in the background. Hanging on the bed is a blanket created by my son’s maternal grandmother — he is surrounded by a lot of love.

Image above: The felt wall hanging was handmade by my son’s paternal grandmother. It’s made up of the alphabet in Armenian letters, and we try to sing it together daily. The Rabitt chair is by SAANA, an amazing Japanese architecture company that also produces gorgeous furniture.

Image above: One of my favorite recent drawings; it reminds me of an oversized abstract ear! We also have a great view of the Williamsburg Bridge from this vantage point.

Image above: Some of our inspiration design books. The elephant on top held the rings for my wedding, and the backdrop is Maidenhair in Red, one of my wallpaper patterns.

Image above: Our bedroom, with its view of the Verrazano Bridge. The oversized photo of our son was taken by Jami Saunders.

Image above: We try to put up my son’s artwork wherever we can. We also all clearly have the same taste in shoes.

Image above: Me in my kitchen, drinking a cup of my best friend, coffee. Luci Della Citta in Winter (which means “lights of the city”), one of my wallpaper patterns, is behind me. We are on the 22nd floor in a high-rise and wanted a pattern that would help reflect and play off of the light that comes into our apartment.

  1. Emily R says:

    oh so pretty! I love the lightness of the space.

  2. Maggie says:

    I usually adore bright whites, but this leaves me feeling very cold- I don’t feel like there’s any warmth or life in this space. Love the bright pink wallpaper, though- let’s see more of that!

  3. What a fabulous apt! Great views! I love the wallpaper in the nursery. It shimmers!


  4. Wow, your home is so clean and serene. It’s minimalist without being cold — I love it!

  5. Love the clean and open feeling space – I can’t believe a toddler lives there! And Jill’s wallpaper designs are beautiful!

  6. Emee says:

    The bokeh-like wallpaper is great. Want it!

  7. Christine says:

    I love the minimalistic approach. The only concern I have is the exposed lightbulb above the crib. Cover it… ;)

  8. Mangomo says:

    I woulda loved to see more shots of this beautiful view and the windows. Love the shoes picture!

  9. jill malek says:

    Hey Maggie – we took photos on a cloudy day, what can I say? :) Thanks Candi!—JM

  10. j9 says:

    The last photo is the one that really made this post for me. Gorgeous dress, bright cup, airy glimmery wallpaper and radiant smile— so inspiring for a grey day out here in Seattle-town. Thank you!

  11. Very clean | pristine. I’m slightly obsessed with the print on her dress… Design Inspiration?

  12. jill malek says:

    Charlotte – MARIMEKKO! JP – so sweet!

  13. Rebecca says:

    I love the floor color! What kind of wood is it? Is it tinted?

  14. Swooning over your pale wood floors. Gorgeous interiors Jill.

  15. Jill Malek says:

    Quarter sawn white oak engineered floor from lv wood

  16. fooj says:

    I’m super intrigued by the lightbulbs – it looks like they have some sort of treatment. What is the light like? Would love to see a night-time pic

  17. Kirsten says:

    I heart your couch… Where’s it from? :)

  18. msmrts says:

    I love your wallpapers, Jill! So airy, and fresh! Where on earth did you get them printed???

  19. msmrts says:

    I love your wallpapers, Jill and was so impressed you read that you designed them! Where on earth did you get them printed? They are just stunning!

  20. jill malek says:

    kirsten – room & board + linen slipcover!

  21. Dana says:

    Your wallpapers are gorgeous! I absolutely love them.

  22. Jill M. says:

    Msmrts, thank you so much…all papers are printed in upstate New York called Barnaby Prints, a converted bowling alley amazing facility…

  23. Heather says:

    I LOVE this look – the oak floors are amazing and I love the wallpaper the super adorable designer is sitting in front of…she really did capture the “lights of the city” feeling.

  24. stephanie says:

    jill, I have been trying to find a white for my walls! I love your choice. What color/brand is it?

  25. jill malek says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Benjamin Moore, flat, decorators white…

  26. Carrie says:

    Beautiful home. I love how the graphics pop against the crisp white backdrop. How fortunate to have such wonderful views of that wonderful city.

  27. Andrea says:

    I too would spend my time star gazing if I lived so high up!

  28. starr says:

    Love the patterns and colors on your dress…!

  29. littlewyn says:

    where is in the world do you put your stuff?!

  30. Jill m says:

    Littlewyn, piled high in storage! JM

  31. Stephanie says:

    Thank you, Jill!!


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