You could say Nick Blaine and Paul Denoly are visual learners. They each brought serious design chops to their partnership—Paul had directed buying for Design Within Reach and West Elm, while Nick oversaw merchandising for brands like Tory Burch—and had already started dabbling in producing home goods when they went to a Hudson Valley wedding in 2010. But that weekend set a slew of new life decisions in motion. A day after the party, the couple started looking at nearby homes and eventually bought a crumbling 18th-century Dutch farmhouse outside Hudson that’s now their full-time residence.
In the process of completely re-doing it, they realized they weren’t the only ones coveting handmade-but-modern housewares. In 2013, they officially filled the void, launching their line Hawkins New York, which spans from crumpled, soft linen throws to copper-and-pastel-enamel bowls to colorfully stained wooden candlesticks. As Paul explains, “We hope that our vision not only enhances the physical environments in which our customers live and work but also creates a greater understanding and appreciation for responsible design.” If their pieces make you yearn for your own dreamy farmhouse—and maybe a new career to go with—so be it.