Modern holiday decorating

Holiday decorating doesn’t have to mean overstuffed Santas and green-and-red everything . . . for those of us who like to keep our Holiday scenes a bit more understated, here’s a roundup of some of the best modern holiday decorating out there.


Simple wreaths hung from a branch, via Simone Plehn on Pinterest


One giant wreath in the home of Tricia Foley, via Remodelista (photo by Marili Forastieri)


Bare lighted trees, via popsugar


Black, white and green centerpiece, via roomofkarma


Minimalist tree, via decor dots

Of course, Holiday decor does not need to be limited to black, white, and silver to be considered modern. Here are some more colorful ideas.


Bright modern decor, via poppytalk, via InsideOut magazine


Christmas ornaments arranged by color, via uotoronto’s instagram


A sweet modern mini-tree DIY via sugar and cloth


Neon colors bring holiday cheer, via Apartment Therapy

However you decorate, and whatever you celebrate, we hope your season is filled with peace and joy.

Modern advent calendar round-up

Posted by Lauran

I love Advent calendars. What’s more fun than counting down the days until December 25th? This Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to make or buy your Advent calendar—you have until next Tuesday (Dec. 1). To help you cull through the hundreds of ideas on the web and in magazines, I thought I’d choose my five favorite to share. I like these because they’re clever, colorful and more modern than most. (And for my Jewish friends: these would also make great “Hanukkah countdown” displays too! Just create one box/envelope for every night of Hanukkah, and make sure the 9th one holds something extra special!)

Individual packages wrapped with washi tape

advent 1

via casadifalcone

Individual brown envelopes in a fun container

advent 2

via simplystamped

Wooden tags hung from a Christmas tree branch

advent 3

via themerrythought

Wrapped matchboxes in a bowl

advent 4

via justagirl

Bright-colored take-out boxes in a pyramid

advent 5

via studiodiy

And what to put inside your calendars? Here are some fun ideas:

  • Saltwater taffy
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Chocolate kisses
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Holiday activity idea cards (“make a gingerbread house”, “sing Jingle Bells”, etc.)
  • Tootsie rolls
  • Lip balm
  • Lego characters
  • Lottery tickets
  • Mini sharpies

Have fun and customize your Advent calendar so it’s just right for your friends and/or family. Feature your favorite colors, yummiest treats, and special traditions. And Happy Thanksgiving!

Visual Jill gift guide

It’s always nice to get new sources for holiday gifts. In this spirit, we thought it would be fun for each Visual Jill design team member to choose their favorite gift ideas in different categories. So here you have it: the very best gift ideas from Jill (owner and creative director), Lauren (designer), Lauran (marketing director), and Natacha (design intern). Enjoy!

Favorite home decor gifts

From Jill:

commune book

Commune: Designed in California, $43 on Amazon

From Lauren:

rewined candle


Rewined Candle, on sale at West Elm for $22

From Lauran:

large fern hope basket

The Large Fern Hope Basket from Across Africa, $50 (directly supports artisans in Rwanda)

From Natacha:

inka cushion

Inka Cushion from Clever Spaces, $82

Favorite fashion accessory gifts

From Jill:

blue beanie

Blue Cashmere Blend Beanie, $40

From Lauren:

subtle spark necklace

Subtle Spark Necklace from Anthropologie, $48

From Lauran:

feed pouch

Feed Friendship Pouch, $25 (provides 10 school meals for hungry children)

From Natacha:


iPhone Case at, $25 (they have a great selection)


Favorite kitchen gifts

From Jill:

blue bottle

Blue Bottle Coffee Tote Set, $30

From Lauren:

retro print teapot

Retro Print Teapot from Dot & Bo, on sale for $37.99

From Lauran:

fog linen calendar

2015 Calendar Cloth from Fog Linen, $15

From Natacha:


Wooden Mixing Spoons, $29 for set of 3

Favorite holiday decorations

From Jill:

terrain trees

Brush Tree Farm Set from Terrain, $18

From Lauren:


Wire Wreath from CB2, $24.95 (easy to customize with ornaments or ribbons!)

From Lauran:

mini snowflakes

Mini Wooden Snowflake Ornament Gift Box, $27.95 from etsy seller TimberGreenWoods

From Natacha:

wire ornaments

CB2 Wire Ornaments, $3.95-$4.95 each