Gracing the front of my childhood home in Virginia was a brass pineapple door knocker. It was the quintessential symbol of hospitality and is still a favored icon among southerners. In terms of curb appeal, such devices have been and continue to be a preferred way to add personality to a front door.
In Australia, the pineapples come crushed in cold alcoholic beverages more so than hanging on a front door. It is hard to say what takes the place of the southern American symbols of hospitality here. Perhaps it is simply the open door itself, letting the fresh breeze glide through and guests come and go as they please. Regardless, it is clear that the overall first appearance of a home is just as important here as it is in the States.
Here are a few of my favorite front facades from “back home” as well as some that I have grown to love here. What does “curb appeal” mean to you? What is your favorite symbol of hospitality?