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.

 

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

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

 

Photo: Courtesy Front Gate

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

 

 

Photo: Courtesy Michael Healy

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

 

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

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

 

 

Photo: Courtesy House of Antique Hardware

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

 

 

Photo: Chris Ellenbogen

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

 

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