Helping you pick the right plant for you and your space on Metro New York!
(via) Live in an apartment facing a dingy brick wall?
That’s the view Eliza Blank shared with her dorm mates when she moved from rural Massachusetts to New York as a freshman at NYU — and one that many urban dwellers are all too familiar with. “We had very little light and all I really wanted was a plant. I felt that was immediately going to make me feel more at home,” says the now 28-year-old.
Finding just the right greenery for her gloomy digs was the impetus for The Sill, the New York-based company she founded 18 months ago that brings artfully designed houseplants right to a customer’s front door.
Sign up for a free consultation and a plant specialist will come to your home, assess your light, your lifestyle (Do you travel a lot? Do you install an air conditioner in that window come summer?) and talk to you about your aesthetic — the design factor is what separates The Sill from, say, purchasing a plant from the hardware store or the fancy florist down the block.
After the initial consultation, Blank will send over a proposal recommending plants — and the planters — that best complement your decor and living situation. The company works with local potters and artists to create its own line of ceramic pots as well.
“We really approach it like designers,” says Blank. “The Sill provides inspirational imagery and more time and attention towards communication of how to care for the plants. And we focus a lot more on design elements of the planters. It’s just so much more thoughtful and curated than going to a Home Depot.”
And about that brick wall? Blank says a snake or ZZ plant will be right at home. For more suggestions on low-light plants, check out this handy chart:
Bright light picks - Fiddle Leaf Fig, Cactus, Ponytail Palm
Moderate light picks - Watermelon Peperomia, Hoya, Dracaena
Light light picks - Pothos, Snake Plant, ZZ Plant
Why invest in a plant:
“Plants make people happy,” says Blank. “It’s just the nature of having plants around you. It’s also important to have plants in your home because they do things like boost your mood and increase creativity or productivity. They also filter toxins from the air. Part of The Sill’s mission is bringing that knowledge to the forefront and letting people know that it’s not just about design — even though that’s a great benefit.”
“Fiddle leaf fig trees are everywhere,” says Blank. “Cacti, more so than succulents. And anything vertical or hanging on the wall. There’s just more plants in home decor in general, too!”
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Read Eliza’s interview with STORY below on love & plants -
(via) Like falling in L-O-V-E, there’s nothing easy about becoming a plant person. Consider Eliza Blank a green-thumb wielding love doctor. As the founder of The Sill, she aims to bridge the gap between plants and people and inspire healthy live-in relationships. Here she shares what she loves about her job and her secret (slightly prickly) maker crush. Read on…and get excited for Eliza to join us next week for an in-store potting workshop!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHAT YOU MAKE?
I love every aspect: the good and the challenging. I love inspiring people to live with more green plants in their lives, and helping them to do just this. There are so many tremendous benefits to living with plants – so bringing about these is the best reward for the work it takes to run a business.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE NYC DATE SPOT? I adore ABC Kitchen for dinner, drinks, and a little stroll. The food is absolutely fantastic and it’s so much fun to walk the floor of the store.
TELL US THE STORY OF BEST DATE YOU’VE EVER BEEN ON?
A cliché, but the best date I’ve ever been on was my first date with my husband. We were having drinks in the city, sitting a few tables down from an older couple that was very clearly in love. They spotted us, and out of nowhere said they hoped they would be invited to our wedding. Embarrassing at the time, but looking back I believe it made for one of the best and blessed dates.
WHO IS YOUR SECRET MAKER CRUSH? I’m currently crushing on Amelie Mancini. She makes these fantastic screen printed, cactus-design linens!