The Pineapple, Dunmore Scotland
Photo by Hoag Levins, a home in Haddenfield, NJ
Photo from blog, Sage Mommy
Speaking of welcoming homes, this image cannot go unmentioned. The Pineapple has been known as a welcoming symbol since the age of Christopher Columbus. This summer house, built in 1791, has a gigantic (45') pineapple that was built to suit the fanciful taste of the Earl of Dunmore. Although the architect is uncertain, credit has been given to Sir William Chambers for what perhaps may be the most spectacular example of this architectural theme.
Although this is quite interesting, I believe I would stick to simpler pallet to achieve this motif. Perhaps these carved wooden gate post would be a more obtainable idea. Better yet, maybe just a pineapple door knocker like the one on this fabulous yellow door.