Steel artist Brandon Williams designed the Modfire outdoor fire pit after his 3-year-old son asked to roast marshmallows in the backyard. (Who can resist a 3-year-old?) When he failed to find a simple outdoor fire pit to complement his 1950s ranch home, Williams designed his own. The result is a delight. The sleek pieces are handmade from 14-gauge steel in Phoenix and come in four colors -- blue, red, natural steel and orange. They range from $950 to $2,500, depending on size and fuel options (wood, propane and natural gas). They are available at www.modfire.com. Matching marshmallow roasters are $19.95.
-- Lisa Boone