We’ve avoided houseplants in the past because we’ve always been of the opinion that A) unless you know what you’re doing, lots of indoor greenery can easily look kitschy and B) our tiny NYC apartments don’t have a ton-o-extra-space for anything potted. But genius start-up The Sill is changing the way that Manhattanites buy and display plants—in appropriately city-size (read: small) servings. We sat down with the company’s founders, Gwen Blevens and Eliza Blank, to learn more about our new favorite interior decor trick:
Where did the idea for The Sill come from?
We started The Sill because we wanted to incorporate greenery into our living spaces, but realized that potted plants with the same variety by which we express ourselves with other home furnishings—color, texture, shape, story—simply didn’t exist. We believe that city dwellers want and deserve an easier, more fashionable way to live with plants.
What are some of the aspects that make The Sill special?
The Sill removes the complexities of finding, buying, and caring for plants. We’ve curated a selection of easy-care plants—long-life, tolerant of low light, dry air, and busy schedules—and hand pot them in an eclectic mix of containers. We currently work with seven different artists from around the country to make functional pieces that are on their own a work of art. We offer traditional terra cotta, too. Because like a good red lipstick,some things never go out of style!
What’s your philosophy on high-maintenance house plants?
The relationship you have with your plant should be one that is rewarding and beautiful—not high maintenance. (Phew). The key to this is choosing the right plant for your home or work environment. The Sill takes the guesswork out of selecting the perfect plant mate.
What are a couple of your most popular plants?
Everyone always oohs and ahhs over the Eley, a tiny haworthia in a beautiful stoneware vessel. Each are hand sculpted by a local artist. Our latest addition to the site, the Will Henry Harvey, is equally smile-inducing. The Will Henry Harvey is a trio of tiny terra cotta pots hand painted in neon hues, housing adorable assorted succulents. Finally, we would say the Ella V, which is an arrowhead plant that comes in a classic red pot (there’s that lipstick reference again!).