Our Winter Mantel

Well the holidays are in full swing around here! I pulled out our holiday decoration boxes, have made a few DIY projects, and I hoping to go pick out a tree this weekend.  However, now I have so many holiday ideas flowing and not nearly enough time to get everything done!

I was so eager to start working on some Christmas decorations over the last few weeks but was determined to wait until after Thanksgiving. So I decided to tide myself over I would do a transitional mantle for a few weeks.
I wanted to keep some rustic autumn touches from our Fall Mantle-
feathers, worn wood, and lanterns.
But I also wanted to incorporate some holiday flair-
metallics, mercury glass, winter greenery.
I just found this old shoe form at the Festival of Trees.
I think its perfect. It smells like old shoe polish and still has leather tacked to the bottom.
Something about it just said Christmas to me.
This picture is from our trip to get our tree last year. We cut our own tree {and by we, I mean, brew cut down the tree} at a tree farm in Monkton, MD.
These feathers were collected over may years at summer camp.  They have a lot of sentimental value!
And I love how they look in this mercury glass votive.

One of my recent obsessions has been boxwood wreaths.
This perfect little wreath was a gift from Brew's Mother.
I already knew exactly where I was going to put it!
And this vintage sled belongs to Brew's dad.
Its on loan to use for the time being. Of course I had to dress it up with a burlap bow
and some winter greenery!

And our pumpkins are still holding in there! I keep thinking about getting rid of them but they are still fresh and I think the neutral whites and greys can go with winter decor as well.

I'm sure I'll add more Christmas touches very soon. I already have some ideas!

So what do you all think?
Are the pumpkins to "fall"?
Are does this work as a fall/winter "transition" mantle?

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