As far as online goes, I fell in love with both of these firepit options:
The first one is from joss and main and comes and goes. I've seen that one and other similar versions go for just under $100. The copper one is from Grand in Road and costs $400 buckeroos. And that cute tray on top? $200. Yeah. Don't think so.
I'm pretty picky about firepits [apparently] since even my pinterest search leaves little that I care for. There's this beauty [with no source or anything as far as retail]:
And this one that requires welding. Seriously.
I guess it comes down to how much effort and/or price I'm willing to throw down. We shall see.
On the countertop side of the world, I found a great little post linking up to all kinds of goodies:
The first one is a concrete tutorial completed on top of laminate countertops. I thought it sounded genius. Genius in the kind of way it could end up really good or finally-snap-kinda-bad. Another dose of smarty-pants? The Mustard Ceiling used wooden doors for their countertops. This one really intrigues me since we want wooden countertops on a dime. I would be worried because her's ended up not being solid wood. She dealt with it just fine but I feel like I wouldn't fare too well with that situation.
And in case you wanted a pretty before and after to polish off your day, here's a wonderful living room makeover. I may be partial because I've been digging dark walls lately but check out her bookcase styling skills!
Have a wonderful weekend!