By Zoë Gowen

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;

Photo: Courtesy Michael Healy

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

Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

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

Photo: Courtesy House of Antique Hardware

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

Photo: Chris Ellenbogen

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