Space of the Week: East Harlem Dreamin’

Linen and home accessory designer Cristina Azario spent nine months renovating her East Harlem townhouse before she bundled up her husband and two sons and moved in back in 2008. Prior to starting her own design company, Azario was the creative director of Frette. She’s just opened her own atelier showroom (17 E. 70th St., nr. Madison Ave.; 646-649-4806; by appointment only) where she displays her collections. Her dining-room table is dressed in hand-stitched Italian fabric. I love the stark contrast between her snow-white linens and the rich chocolate walls, a theme throughout her home. Photo: Wendy Goodman

The stairs take you from the kitchen to the library, but the tiled space underneath is the perfect cooking niche. Photo: Wendy Goodman

As in the rest of the house, the library’s décor combines a soothing neutral palette with dashes of pattern and color (note the kilim pouf). The custom-designed couch is guarded by a set of early-twentieth-century Aboriginal shields and weapons from Papua New Guinea via MB Abram Galleries in Los Angeles. Azario found the rural Chinese coffee table in Hudson, New York. Photo: Wendy Goodman

The master bedroom boasts a statement headboard designed by Azario. The pristine bed is adorned with her own cotton pique zebra-style print linen. Photo: Wendy Goodman

The deep porcelain tub is the star of the luxurious master bathroom. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Azario used this space as her showroom before she settled into her new off-site atelier. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Azario models one of her delicious cashmere wraps. Photo: Wendy Goodman

Space of the Week: East Harlem Dreamin’