What's with the Pineapple?

In the seafaring days of early America, ship captains would place the eye-catching fruit on a fencepost to mark the return home from a long voyage. Gradually, it became synonymous with hospitality. Today, the pineapple's striking good looks have cemented its spot as a design-motif darling. Welcome your guests with one of these fresh picks.

Neighbors refer to this Birmingham home as "The Pineapple House" because of the portico's stylized finial.

Pineapple Side Table powder-coated cast aluminum in White (63600-WHI), $699; frontgate.com

Hospitality Pineapple Door Knocker in Nickel Silver (MH1503), $115; michaelhealy.com

2-Inch Lanai Finial (FIWGLNI), $118; antiquedraperyrod.com

Plantation Pineapple Wall Sconce with Clear Optic Glass in Burnished Brass (RS-03HK-4140BB), $349.90; houseofantiquehardware.com

Petite Pineapple Wallpaper in Black/White (SPW-W1041-01); studioprintworks.com for retailers.

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