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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Why are we decorating with Pineapples?

Pineapples are popping up in homes everywhere of late from art work, wallpapers, ceramic ornaments, lamp bases, cushions & cookie jars.

It kind of leaves you wondering...
(no pun intended, but hey the cushions prompted it, ha ha ha)


These gorgeous cushions are available at

In Britain and particularly colonial America, the pineapple as a symbol generally means hospitality or welcome. According to an academic paper titled “The Hospitable Pineapple” by professor Michael Olmert, it can also be associated with Christian beliefs, as pineapple plants die to produce fruit. English architect Christopher Michael Wren (1632–1723) put pineapple finials on the cathedrals he designed.

Olmert traces the pineapple’s association with welcome and hospitality to the British West Indies, where in the 1600s and 1700s planters would leave a fresh pineapple at the gates of their mansions when they were home and open to receiving guests.
Source Houzz

Of course we now have a modern take on this historical fruit.

I love this  water colour from

You could always try this pineapple decal from

I am partial to a nice pink pineapple in a print 

or a cushion from 

The fabulous designer India Hicks & her plantation style of decorating for her Bahamas guest house is certainly a perfect fit for a pineapple or three.

Then of course there are the fabulous white ceramic pineapples we sell in our online store

So do you have a pineapple in your home to welcome your guests??

Trish xx

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