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Spotted on Instagram: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

We can’t get enough of all the gorgeous greenery we see on café window sills or in our favorite catelogs, so we decided to go on a little treasure hunt to show off some of our favorite houseplant shots. We found these ones on Instagram featuring organic filters and unique planters:

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(Photo: @ejbrus)

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How To Pick A Houseplant From A Nursery: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

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One of our favorite activities is visiting the nurseries we work with here in New York. Rows upon rows of beautiful plants lining floors and shelves, hanging from greenhouse ceilings…did we mention the heat and humidity? It’s practically like being on vacation, which is a treat for us Northeasterners. 

Although it’s hard not to get carried away and bring home a serious plant haul of some exotic fellas, it’s our goal to choose plants that are healthy and happy—and also easy to care for. With spring finally here, you might be planning a nursery visit of your own so here are our top tips:

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Top 5 Well-Packaged Beauty Picks: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

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We may spend a lot of time in the dirt here at The Sill, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to look good, feel good, and smell good! 

Below are our top five beautifully made and well-packaged beauty picks. 

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Repotting 101: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

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We do a lot of potting and repotting here at the office, but with spring finally here, it’s time to do some at home. Plants typically need to be repotted every year to 18 months and the best time for this is before the growth season in late winter or early spring. Not surprisingly, this task has been added to our spring cleaning to-do list, and it usually gets checked off first!

It’s a common misconception that repotting means putting the plant in an entirely new pot. In a lot of cases, it’s really just an opportunity to change the soil or potting mix. (This is great news if you love your planter and better news if you’re looking to splurge on a really nice one!) If you are changing pots though, keep it roughly the same size, meaning no more than two inches, smaller or larger.

Need some help? Don’t stress! Follow our simple how-to and check this item off of your to-dos! 

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#SaturdayWithTheSill

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You might have noticed (since we know you read every single one of our blog posts religiously) that this week’s guest blogger is The Sill—a start-up specializing in city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. Not only will they be appearing on the blog until Monday, this Saturday they’ll also be taking over our Instagram!

The fab photos that they usually share via @TheSill will be coming directly to you on Birchbox’s Instagram (so make sure that you’re following!). They’ll be tagging everything with #SaturdayWithTheSill to make it extra easy for you to follow along. While we aren’t sure what they’ll be up to this weekend, based on their past photos we’re sure it’s going to be something good. 

Happy Friday!

—Rachel

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The 8 Best Plant Picks For An Urbanite: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

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Think your teeny tiny apartment and brown thumb can’t handle a houseplant? Think again! Whether you live in the basement or the penthouse, with a curious Fido or a rambunctious toddler, there is a little green fellow out there who will help make your house a home. Here are our top eight plant picks for the modern urbanite:

1. You have large windows, which let in a lot of natural light.

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Our top pick: Succulent

  • Light: Bright
  • Water: Every 1 to 2 weeks
  • Humidity: Average
  • Temperature: Average 

A succulent is great choice for an apartment that tends to be dry. Conditioned for arid climates, a succulent can otherwise tolerate being hot or cold, however, it does have a preference for bright light. You’re a great candidate for a succulent if you have windows that face east or south. 

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Start-up The Sill Delivers Chic and Easy Houseplants to New Yorkers

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 furnishingscolor, texture, shape, storysimply didn’t exist. We believe that city dwellers want and deserve an easier, more fashionable way to live with plants.

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