Nicole Richie spoke to Architectural Digest about new House of Harlow 1960 x Etsy Collab.
Architectural Digest: What inspired this new holiday collection with Etsy?
Nicole Richie: I wanted to take cues from a 1970s, luxe rock-and-roll feel, working with jewel tones and patchwork textiles. I would say House of Harlow as a whole is a ’60s and ’70s vintage-inspired brand. We really brought that into this collaboration, mixing in marble and crystal accents and all the best parts of House of Harlow.
It isn’t your typical holiday collection.
My focus really went into gifting, and I thought about myself and the gifts that I love to get. I always just go to Etsy as a whole to get my loved ones gifts because you get that personal feel. Someone picked something for you, and it was made by a human.
If you are a guest at a holiday party, what is your go-to host gift?
I think the wine stoppers would be a great last-minute gift, because if you’re going to a holiday party, everyone has wine. They can use it right away, which is very sweet. We also did some really sweet trays. Trays—it’s not an exciting word, but I love giving trays to people, and I love receiving trays. If you saw my bathroom counter, it’s just full of all these different trays that I’ve collected over the years. I put my jewelry in them and pens and sunglasses and just all the stuff. I think it really helps kind of keep a handle on just all the stuff flying all over the place.
When it comes to holiday decor at your own home, have you started thinking about it yet? Do you have a theme in mind?
I go very classic. I do reds and deep burgundies, greens, and lots of greenery. I normally do the same thing every year. I have a system down, I have boxes and each room has its own box. I’ve got it all down to a science being the Virgo that I am, but I moved this year. I have had to kind of rethink, which is very exciting. I now have a whole new space to decorate. I decorate my house, and then I also decorate my chicken coop. They have a new coop, obviously, that I had to build when I moved.
Does the decor on the chicken coop match the house, or to they have their own style?
It matches kind of. We have different wreaths. I think that’s just more personal tastes. They’re just not on my level as far as what they like, but I give them what they want. It’s a little brighter over there. That’s where I use the bright reds, as opposed to the burgundies, which are more in my house.
Do you have any advice for people who want to change up their own holiday decor and incorporate your vintage-inspired style?
No matter how old you are, start collecting things that you connect to. Collecting holiday decor is really nice because, even if you put it away all year, you can come back to it. For me, when I’m decorating my house, I want what I’m putting in my house to tell a story.