There was a helpful step-by-step article on building a firepit in the September/October 2008 issue of Lowe's Creative Ideas. I'd like one of those, though I'm not sure how you clean it out.
And the article about storage and a playroom for six children (including quintuplets) had great ideas, which included open-door lockers--one for each child, with their pictures on top--and a hopscotch mat (secure the mat/pad with double-sided carpet tape) and a chest decorated with ABC and 1 2 3. Elsewhere in the magazine was an idea for playing hopscotch outside with numbered stepping-stones.
A cool kitchen idea was using a bathroom grab bar as a towel rack; it was at the end of a cupboard run. The terra cotta pots with carved-pumpkin look faces were fun.
And I saw a Mediterranean-inspired bedroom (upcoming issue); the bed has a fountain at the bottom, which I've never seen before. (I can picture the dogs lapping away there.)