The Clean Hippie

Seeking the sustainable life in New York City

Look! It’s My Room! (Kinda) August 6, 2010

Filed under: Apartment — Alden @ 2:47 pm

First off, I’m leaving for Ocean City, NJ today to visit Katherine, so I won’t be posting for a few days. Check back Monday!

I was bopping around on some design website, and saw this picture.

“Hmmm,” I thought to myself, “That looks familiar.” Indeed, it looks like my bedroom!

Yup, that bedroom must be in this apartment building somewhere, or at least built at the same time, 100 years ago. Um, if they don’t compare favorably, please keep in mind that I’m 23 and renting, mmk?


Update: Got that Organic Bedding! July 2, 2010

Filed under: Apartment,Products — Alden @ 4:11 pm
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Remember when I was trying to decide whether to get that new organic bedding? Well, I got it, and it looks adorable. (Patting myself on the back.)


Oooh Pretty! Should I Get This New Bedding? May 10, 2010

Filed under: Apartment — Alden @ 1:10 am
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You know, up until a little while ago, I thought that my stay in NYC would be fairly short. Not more than two years at the outside. Now everything is up in the air, and I’m admitting to myself how much I am deeply in love with this city. So, yeah, I’m going to be here for a while.

Which brings me to the topic of this post. Bedding. Right now I have a set that I am in love with. I bought in three years ago in Nice, France. It’s colorful, bright, unique, and…. in terrible condition. The cats have rent holes in it, which I patched, after which they ripped more. There are permanent marker stains, and mascara stains, and….other….stains….

Hey! I was a college student! Don’t judge.

Then there is the fact that underneath my beautiful comfortor, I have hot pink Wal-Mart sheets. I think I’m too old for hot pink Wal-Mart sheets, don’t you? I’m sure all the poison has leached out of them and into my skin by now – the damage is done –  but it would still be nice to get higher quality ones. Now that I think I’m going to be here a while, maybe it’s time to upgrade.

So considering all this, do you think I should stick it out with my current bedding set and keep patching it and loving it? Or do you think I should buy these:

Beautiful, aren’t they? I found them on Re-Nest. They’re 100% organic, naturally dyed. And they would go perfectly in my room, with the turquoise furniture and neon-spring-80’s green walls. (I did not paint the walls. They came this way. I WILL MAKE DO!)

It’s $200 for the comforter set, which comes with the bed skirt and shams; $40 for a decorator pillow, and $90 for the sheet set. Dont’ worry – I don’t want the matching window treatments. That might make me nauseous.

Here are two other factors to keep in mind: I would have to let go of my beautiful Anthropology pillow, because it wouldn’t match. And there is a real possibility that the cats will do what they do best: claw holes in it. But maybe that is just happening because my current set is so old and worn…?

So what do you think? Worth it? Too much green? Too generic? Ahhh I’m torn!


Eco-friendly and beautiful ideas for the kitchen April 1, 2010

Filed under: Apartment,Food — Alden @ 8:39 pm
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Two links:

How Owning 160 White Plates Has Saved Us Money

and this:

How beautiful is this open pantry? The couple doesn’t eat any processed food, so they can show off all these beautiful food stuffs in those jars. Love!


New fave blog: The Zero Waste Home February 25, 2010

Filed under: Apartment,going too far,Tips — Alden @ 4:37 pm
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This woman is AWESOME. She’s like a no-waste superhero! I’ll never be as waste free as her. (She brings her own collapsible cup to parties. Mmm, maybe not.) But her tips are great.

Like this post on cleaning your house. I bookmarked that mofo.


More laziness = More Stuff December 31, 2009

Filed under: Apartment,green angst,Tips — Alden @ 4:41 am
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There are two components to this equation of More Laziness = More Stuff: The first component is obvious. As people have sought to make their lives easier, they’ve bought food processors, washing machines, dish washers, and even stupid stuff like shrink-wrap machines or countertop rotisserie units. That part is pretty obvious.

What I’m talking, though, is creative laziness. Our society has a huge dearth of it these days. Oh sure, there are some incredibly talented artists out there. I get a kick everyday out of seeing beautiful objects repurposed from castaway hot air balloons and soda cans. I especially love the seemingly overabundance of paintings, sketches, and graphic art floating around the web. But the average American seems to have lost all that childhood imagination, that something that said to us, “That couch, with a little work, could be an awesome fort!”

This is what I mean: Americans, whenever faced with a challenge – making more room, a hole in their comforter, a colorful shirt that needs a matching bottom – never pause to think creatively about a solution. Instead we just go out and buy the answer. Closets overstuffed? Go to the container store! Hole in your comforter? Buy a new one! (Even though I just LOVE the flower patches I sewed onto my comforter a few weeks ago. They’re adorable!)Something to go with that cute top? Pshaw, “shopping in your closet” is for losers. Just go get a skirt in that perfect pink that you will wear probably three times a year.

Americans are so lazy that they don’t want to exert themselves to find something repurposed either. It takes a more time and more creativity to find a suitable chair at the flea market. You may come away with something well-made, unique and beautiful. But in return you have to trust that the apartment Gods are smiling down on you that day and you have a good eye. That’s just too much for some people, who would rather just go to Ikea and pick out a plastic chair. I mean, Ikea has some great qualities. But it shouldn’t be a solution to every furniture quandary.

So here we are, too lazy to figure out where to recycle batteries. Too lazy to cook ourselves a delicious meal instead of microwaving one or ordering in, too lazy to save the wrapping paper at Christmas so we don’t have to spend money on a new roll next year. Some of it is physical laziness. After all, flea markets can be hard on the feet and the back. But most of it is mental laziness. Just can’t take the time to see that you don’t need to buy a special jewelry box when you probably have something in your closet that would do just fine if it got a fresh coat of paint.

I think the world just needs a little bit more creativity! Instead of a knee jerk response of “Bed, Bath and Beyond will have one,” what if we just sat down for five minutes and said, “I have all those old drawer pulls that would make adorable little hooks for my coats.” It’s so ironic. One of the most popular stores these days is Anthropologie, which specializes in faux-repurposed/vintage stuff. They charge an arm and a leg for this stuff. So why can’t we just learn to be creative with what we have?


A hippie room August 11, 2009

Filed under: Apartment — Alden @ 2:36 am

One of my first posts was about making my own apartment more green. So I’m focusing on my own room cuz Vicki usually just makes fun of me when the subject of environmentalism comes up. Her time will come, just wait.


But progress is being made! Curtains are up to block light during the day. Ok, one window. The other I’ve left curtainless because the sun hitting my face in the morning keeps me from being a big lazy-butt.

I have some lovely plants to create my own personal oxygen. And… ok, that’s about it. But I’m making progress! Let’s just hope that I don’t kill the plants, which is a distinct possibility knowing me.