A Maximalist Wallpaper Appears Not Once But Twice in This Brooklyn Apartment

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“At one point, we were like, ‘There are too many boobs,’” says Jayna Maleri about decorating her and husband Jon Pack’s apartment. (Pack jokes that this design choice would have made his 12-year-old self very—hold for pause—nervous.) Sure, mammaries appear on wallpaper, on Cold Picnic pillows, and on vases, but the two creatives—she’s head of content at Madewell and he works in film—aren’t ones to shy away from a more-is-more aesthetic ethos. 

Their one-bedroom in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is a testament to their willingness to take risks by mixing patterns, materials, and design eras. “We both sort of have this maximalist vibe, and our apartment before this was covered in art because Jon is a photographer and his grandmother was a super-prolific painter,” says Maleri. “The idea of blank walls is pretty foreign to us.” 

Couple portrait in the living room with bookshelves in the background
Clock, Karlsson.

But art doesn’t only have to be something that hangs on walls. When the pair started to renovate their home (lucky for them, a neighbor sold them the apartment next door), they sought out design details—like the Dzek terrazzo countertops and Reform brass cabinets in the kitchen—and chubby furniture shapes in cozy materials. (Looking at you, Ryan Preciado corduroy chair in the living room.)

living-room shot, wooden and glass coffee table, pink rug and ochre corduroy armchair
Cabinets, Reform.

And then, of course, there’s the wallpaper. For years, Maleri had her eye on Maison C’s Coven pattern, which features women in the buff, some blindfolded, holding hands and dancing. And while most people would use the risqué paper to line a powder room, the couple displays it as a backdrop to their dining room table—so much chicer than a painted accent wall. “It feels like a fresco,” says Maleri. 

Dining Table and Chairs, Flux Modern; Rug, Etsy; Wallpaper, Maison C.

But no visual moment in the apartment is more striking than the view from the home office to the bedroom, where not one but two versions of House of Hackney’s Phantasia wallpaper appear. “It’s kind of wild, and I love the shapes. It feels a bit folkloric,” says Maleri. 

Sarah Ellison Sofa, Hawkins New York.

Originally the pair had planned on papering the bedroom only. Then a few months later, Maleri spotted the same pattern in a new colorway, and debated adding it to the adjoining office. “It’s the only time I felt nervous,” she says. “I was like, in the end will I regret this? Because with everything else—either because I had had my eye on it for so long or I just, I don’t know—I just felt more confident that it would work.”

Bedsheets, Triple Cream; Bed, West Elm; Clock, Letterfolk; Lamp, Urban Outfitters; Mirror, Glare Goods.

The risk paid off, adding a new dimension of warmth (not darkness) to the space. “It makes me feel like I’m in a cabin—it’s very cozy,” says Maleri. In the bedroom, custom tie-dyed sheets and brass accents add to the homey vibe. And in the office, a bright white Chanel lamp, a Chairish find from the flagship in Paris, provides a cool, understated (as understated as Chanel can be) contrast to the dramatic wallpaper. 

Desk, Coming Soon.

One moment of quiet from all the joyful noise is in the bathroom, where crisp, white Ann Sacks tiles mingle with simple brass hardware, a combo Maleri attributes to their minimalist architect. 

Tile, Ann Sacks; Towel Racks, Fog Linen; Towels and Robes, Hawkins New York; Art, Mathias Svalina.

A second bathroom, still unfinished, is where Maleri plans to have more visual fun. There might not be boobs (even maximalists have their limits!), and the pair is just happy to be able to see their visions come to life. “Getting the apartment next door and doing a renovation like this is a fantasy,” she says. “I feel extremely, extraordinarily lucky.”

The Goods

Phantasia Wallpaper – Selenite Orange

House of Hackney
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Brown Boob Pillow

Cold Picnic
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Mid-Century Flip Clock

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Sherpa Ivory Bean Bag Chair

Pottery Barn
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Contractor I couldn’t have done it without: Robert Gadacz at Dom Renovation.

Architect on speed-dial: Jan Greben.

Wallpaper installer I’d use again: Scott Kitchen at Seamless Wallpaper. He’s a master!

Favorite source for vintage: Flux Modern in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Biggest splurge: Our Nipomo chairs in the living and dining rooms by Ryan Preciado—100 percent worth it!

Biggest save: Reform kitchen cabinets.

My design motto: Get the wallpaper.

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Julie Vadnal

Deputy Editor

Julie Vadnal is the deputy editor of Domino. She edits and writes stories about shopping for new and vintage furniture, covers new products (and the tastemakers who love them), and tours the homes of cool creatives. She lives in Brooklyn.