Published on November 20, 2019

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As you gear up for the holidays, Luke Edward Hall would like you to consider branching out from red and green. His approach: ’80s baubles, an antique gold ship, and paper illustrations in one giant jolly display.

The tree in question is a gargantuan one in the lobby of London’s Edition hotel. The hotel’s director of culture tapped Hall to create something totally out of the box, and given the designer’s penchant for the bolder things in life (remember his collection with Svenskt Tenn?), it’s no surprise that he pulled it off with ease. 

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“I was inspired by the idea of a Christmas dream and classic stories about mythical lands, such as Peter Pan,” Hall wrote on Instagram. This meant tracking down an old wood ship, coating it in metallic paint, and sticking it on the very top as a showstopping pièce de résistance. Cutout drawings of Hall’s signature paintings further play up the whimsical vibe (and, we’re sure, made for great souvenirs for a few sneaky party guests).  

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If you don’t have a vintage boat at your disposal, never fear: The rest of Hall’s tree is remarkably simple to re-create. He spent months gathering bits of tinsel, ribbons, and retro baubles, but you can scour your local thrift stores (or your parents’ attic) on a single Saturday for a similar effect—or just shop our finds below:

See more unexpected holiday decor:
Psst…The Most Luxe-Looking Holiday Decor Is at Target
IKEA’s Holiday Collection Features 3 Genius Twists on Basic Wrapping Paper
I Never Decorate for the Holidays—Then I Saw Ferm Living’s Collection

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