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The Heart & Soul of Rhinebeck’s Paper Trail (Part 2: At Home)

Rural Intelligence Home and GardenThe sentimental and private side of Paper Trail co-owner Maureen Missner is vividly on display at her 1830s house in Clinton Hollow, NY, which is filled with lake-house furniture from her childhood summers in Michigan and Wisconsin. Her dining table’s top came from a beloved butcher’s shop in Menominee, Michigan.  She has kept the Honeymooners era porcelain kitchen sink and the vintage enamel Magic Chef stove, which came with the house and give the kitchen a homespun feel. “I will never get rid of that stove,” says Missner, whose eye for art and accessories gives the room a hip and happy feel.

Everything in the house holds special meaning—even the slipcovers made from fabric by Donghia, where she once worked. There are plates hanging on the walls by John Derian, whom her company, Loom, used to represent and pieces of folk art and pottery by friends like Barbara Eigen and Aletha Soule. The pillows on the sofa in the TV room were made by Judy Ross whom she used to represent and the button pillows on the living room sofa were made by another friend Tom Malatesta. When Missner says she plans to never leave Clinton Hollow, she really means it. “Some of my neighbors are discussing starting a cemetery association,” she says, “so that we’ll all be together here forever.”

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Missner vows to never replace the vintage Magic Chef stove that came with the house and has a prime view of the screened porch.
 
Rural Intelligence Home and Garden
The kitchen table top came from an old butcher’s shop in Menominee, Michigan, where Missner spent summers as a child.
 
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Colorful accessories keep the humble porcelain sink and kitchen cabinets from seeming dreary.
 
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The pillows on the sofa—slipcoverd in fabric from Donghia where she once worked—were made by either friends or clients.
 
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The retailer’s eye is evident in how Missner displays collections in her living room.
 
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On the desk in her bedroom, photos of friends and family are kept in folk-art and hand-crafted frames.
 
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Missner calls this “the money shot,” which she expects a real estate agent would use to advertise the house in the unlikely event that she decided to sell.

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