Since the days of the American colonies, pineapples have symbolized health, a warm welcome and hospitality. Legend has it that when a New England captain returned to the colonies with exotic fruits, spices and rum after sailing among the Caribbean Islands, he would often spear a pineapple on a fence outside his home as an invitation for friends to visit, share food and listen to stories of the voyage.
Colonial innkeepers added to the pineapple tradition by incorporating the fruit in their advertisements and signs. They also carved bedposts in the shape of a pineapple.
Today, interior designers are finding the tropical fruit to be “on trend” in print and at home design exhibitions. What better place for the pineapple than in the home? The classic blends easily with any decor. Check out a few of our favorite pieces.
The pineapple table lamp from Value City Furniture ($99.99, www.valuecityfurniture.com) is a timeless charm with its carved pineapple base and walnut finish. The design is complete with pipe-trimmed shade.
(Pier 1 is another retailer that offers a lamp with a pineapple-shaped base. It’s priced $99 at www.pier1.com).
Whether Frontgate’s Pineapple Hurricane Lantern ($59.95 to $79.95, www.frontgate.com) is on a porch table or a backyard counter, this outdoor accent sends off a soft glow during evenings outdoors. Brass caging covers the blown-glass orb. A pillar candle works just fine, or use a battery-powered one. The lamp reflects a realistic-looking flame through its prisms.
Try an inviting needlepoint pillow designed with this symbol of generosity for a chair or couch. Williamsburg Marketplace’s Golden Pineapple Square Pillow ($99, www.williamsburgmarketplace.com) is hand-stitched in gold, green and white yarns and trimmed with a green cord.
On the floor
Virginia Born and Bred’s Williamsburg Hooked Pineapple Rug ($56.95, www.virginiabornandbred.com) showcases the pineapple designed for colonial Williamsburg. It has a cream-colored background and is made of 100 percent wool with a cotton backing. Place this near an entrance to make guests instantly feel welcome.
For the wine lover
It comes as no surprise to learn that Chuck Williams featured the pineapple in the Williams-Sonoma logo when he welcomed customers to his first store in 1956. The company’s signature design is sculpted in a brass wine bottle stopper ($24.95, www.williams-sonoma.com). The decorative brass pineapple preserves a wine’s flavor and adds a touch of class to presentation.