Magazine article USA TODAY

Yo, Dude! Check out My Space

Magazine article USA TODAY

Yo, Dude! Check out My Space

Article excerpt

How we decorate our space says a lot about us. Whether we're formal, laid-back, or whimsical, our surroundings are a reflection of ourselves. For more than four decades, we've been making statements with Lava Lamps from Lava World International, Elmhurst, Ill. Some we've hung onto since our college days, not quite ready to let go (at least in our minds) of the carefree lifestyle and freedom we once enjoyed; others we've picked up for nostalgic reasons or to present to our own children. Recently--though the shapes remain unmistakable--our old favorites have taken on some new personas.

The Lavagami ($29.95) is a paper-lantern style floor lamp that stands four feet tall and takes two 40-watt bulbs. The Faux Hair ($9.99-$14.99), with its colorful fuzz, ranges from 10" to 14" tall and includes a 15-watt bulb. Both come in a variety of colors. The Lava Aurora ($19.99), at 14 1/2" with a blue base and cap, features multiple colors swirling within the globe.

Then we have the portable power of Lava. Standing just 6" tall and retailing at less than $9 each, these mini-Lavas come in the form of USB-powered Keyboard Vacuums, with standard and bristle attachments and USB Fans with an adjustable neck for optimal cooling. There also are Flashlights with three super-bright LEDs, Personal Massagers to help relieve stress and muscle tension, and battery-operated fans. …

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