What to Col­lect Now

Ni­cole McCay shares her top tips for what’s trend­ing.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottage -

• Ja­panese Santa Claus fig­urines: Rosy-cheeked and bright-eyed, these pa­pier-mâché dolls bring Christ­mas cheer wher­ever they go. “They make me smile with their quirky faces and lit­tle hands clutch­ing their pipe-cleaner trees,” an­ti­quer Ni­cole McCay says.

• Ger­man putz sheep: These lit­tle dec­o­ra­tive sheep with wooly bod­ies and stick-thin

legs are full of Old World per­son­al­ity.

• Ger­man wax an­gels: Trea­sured by col­lec­tors and fam­i­lies alike, rare dé­cor made from wax is of­ten handed down as an heir­loom through gen­er­a­tions. But there are also mod­ern im­i­ta­tions. If the wax stays creamy and opaque in the light, it’s a real an­tique; mod­ern wax or­na­ments will turn translu­cent.

• An­tique or­na­ments: From gor­geous and in­tri­cate glass-blown bulbs to sim­ple

pipe-cleaner cre­ations, Christ­mas tree or­na­ments are never out of style.

• Vin­tage bot­tle­brush trees: A clas­sic in the pipe-cleaner fam­ily, bot­tle­brush trees

are a dar­ling ad­di­tion to Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern-in­spired style.

ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH. One of home­ownerNi­cole McCay’s fa­vorite Christ­mas pieces—a vin­tage sleigh she found at a lo­cal yard sale for only $75—finds its home next to her Christ­mas tree, along with part of her vin­tage suit­case col­lec­tion. On the tree, or­na­ments col­lected over the years en­hance the room’s nos­tal­gic ap­peal. An an­tique bird­cage by the win­dow is dressed with a sim­ple wreath.

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