Nicole Richie’s Simple Settings for a Stunning Table

From flowers to flatware, how to recreate Nicole's holiday spread

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Nicole Richie's Holiday Table Setting Ideas

Love the polished global style of Nicole Richie’s holiday tabletop featured on Joss & Main? Follow these foolproof tips for putting together your own.


Mix and match everything.

What sets Richie’s style apart is her ability to combine the old with the new, the traditional with the exotic, the high end with the low. Classic white china takes a funky turn when paired with mixed gold and silver flatware, while proper cloth napkins are made less formal when tied with rustic twine. Mixing the buttoned-up with the laid-back creates a vibrant, unique dining experience.

Go tall and small.

For the eye-catching centerpieces, Richie opted for arrangements placed into gleaming silver vases at varying heights. Placing some of the flowers above the others, she explained, creates visual interest and showcases the vessels as well as the blooms. Likewise, placing two sizes of Moroccan-style lanterns on the table added texture and light to the table while echoing the height variation of the floral arrangements

Let candles set the mood.

For another layer of visual interest, Richie added lots of tealights to the table, set in mixed and matched containers. Everything from mottled mercury glass to vintage-inspired Indian silver votives made their way into the spread, shedding flickering, moody light on the dinner guests.

Let the flowers inform the palette.

Richie tends to favor all-white and green bouquets in her home, but for a bit of holiday festivity, she paired a mix of white hydrangea, white roses, and feathery greens with pops of red hypericum berries. The color theme carried over to the bold red napkins, casually bundled with lengths of brown twine.

Don’t be literal about “holiday” decor.

Not everything needs a snowflake or a holly berry on it to feel right for the season. From lanterns to the linens, Nicole’s tabletop is an eclectic mix of non-holiday items unified by a Christmas-inspired palette.