Pineapple-Themed Home Goods
No matter how you slice it, this tropical fruit has had enduring appeal as a decorative motif and a symbol of welcome, from colonial days to the present
In early-18th-century America, if you wanted to make a big impression on guests, you might have served them pineapple. Back then the sweet fruit with the prickly appearance was a rare treat; few specimens made the voyage along the West Indian trade route to the Colonies without spoiling. Procuring such an exotic delicacy signified wealth, worldliness, and good taste, and serving it made guests feel like VIPs. But early Americans weren't just fond of the fruit as a status symbol, they also loved its shape. Ornaments with its likeness became a fashionable architectural element for garden walkways and doorways. Soon pineapples sprouted up on everything from ceramics to needlepoint. By the mid-20th century, the fruit's image had become synonymous with hospitality and graciousness.
Hand-cast from stone and volcanic ash, this ornament resembles ones that adorned 18th-century gardens. At 20 inches high, it could stand in a flower bed or sit pretty on a porch. About $79; Ballard Designs
Set this luminary on a tabletop drop zone to shed light in an entryway. With its metallic finish and black drum shade, it strikes a note that's both traditional and modern. $158; Wayfair
Even two fingers of bourbon feels tropical when served in a rocks glass adorned with gilded pineapples. Bonus: This set comes with its own carrier for easy ferrying. About $130; Tommy Bahama