Nicole Richie Shares Festive Family Traditions, Entertaining Tips and the Ultimate Holiday Playlist

Star offers advice on creating a festive mood for guests, shares seasonal soundtrack

By Jennifer Chan Nov 07, 2013 6:00 PMTags
Nicole Richie, Joss & Main Holiday CollectionJossandMain.com

It's officially the holiday season, and who better to tap for entertaining and decorating tips than the eternally stylish Nicole Richie?

The talented mom and bona fide fashionista recently wrapped a festive photo shoot with Joss & Main, showcasing plenty of posh and pretty items from her curated collection called Holidays in Style, and we can't wait to get our hands on it all!

(Luckily for all of us, her collection goes on sale Nov. 12!)

And given that the star is always on top of the latest and greatest fashion finds, we knew she'd be the perfect person to learn from when it comes to creating an enchanting ambiance for guests.

Here's what she exclusively shared with us:


Home is such a great reflection of our personalities. How does your home reflect both you and your husband's styles?
"Who's Joel?" is my design slogan! He's tried to sneak in a few gems around the house, but they get tossed out as fast as a bottomless groupie the morning after a show! When I first moved into Joel's house, the entire house was dark and gothic. There are elements of gothic that I love. We kept the skulls, the crosses, everything he loves—and contrasted the pieces with more feminine pieces. But I said to him, "Let me do my thing. You don't even really care. I promise at the end of the day, you'll love it." It's all about manipulation!

As a born-and-bred Californian living in Laurel Canyon, how does your location influence your décor?
My dream was always to live in a tree house in Laurel Canyon, and turn it into a warm, family home. I think I got as close to that as possible. You can hear music playing from people's houses at night.


Do you have any new traditions you've instilled for your own holidays at home?
We are pretty traditional in this department. We go as a family to pick a tree, Joel and I argue about getting the tree delivered because he doesn't want to pay the fee, we decorate it as a family while listening to holiday music. I want Christmas to be the magical fantasy for my children that it was for me.

Are there any favorite spaces—hotels, boutiques, even museums—that have a visual style that you find especially inspiring?
As a little girl, my piano recitals every year were always held at the Hotel Bel-Air. It's been remodeled since, but the feel is very much the same. No one does landscaping like that hotel! And then, of course, the swans…where do I even begin?!


And finally, Nicole graciously shared her ultimate holiday playlist with us to get us in the hoiday mood! Check it out:

1. "White Christmas" (Bing Crosby)
2. "Winter Wonderland" (Diana Krall)
3. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah Carey)
4. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Ray Charles)
5. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Frank Sinatra)
6. "Jingle Bell Rock" (Bobby Helms)
7. "Let It Snow" (Dean Martin)
8. "Sleigh Ride" (Ella Fitzgerald)
9. "Winter Wonderland" (Tony Bennett)
10. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Bruce Springsteen)

Who's ready for the holidays?