Below is an excerpt from “Girls Night Out: Nicole Richie’s Guide to Entertaining Alfresco,” which originally appeared on Domaine’s site. Read the full story, plus see more pictures of Richie’s stunning Laurel Canyons home at domainehome.com.

One must be careful not to use the “b” word around Nicole Richie. “I hate the term bohemian,” the House of Harlow 1960 designer, author, and actress confesses to DomaineHome.com. So when it came to updating the backyard of the Laurel Canyon house she shares with her husband, Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden, and their two children, son Sparrow, 3, and daughter, Harlow, 5, Richie plotted a course toward all things “relaxed and eclectic.” The result is a vintage-meets-industrial makeover of the Moroccan-tinged outdoor area, which she unveiled at a late-summer dinner party staged for friends, including stylist Simone Harouche, Pressed Juicery co-founder Hedi Gores, and Domaine Home co-founder Katherine Power. And while the environs may have been new, the act of entertaining—complete with a Middle Eastern menu created by chef Jeffrey Nimer and a classic rock soundtrack (The Animals, Led Zeppelin, and Janis Joplin)—is business as usual at Richie-Madden HQ: “Our house is the one people come to to hang,” she says. Click to see photos of the home, and visit domainehome.com to read the full story.

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