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How Eliza Blank, the Founder of The Sill, Turned Over a New Leaf

Here, the plant enthusiast and entrepreneur shares how she got her start—and the go-to items that support her busy lifestyle.
By Melissa Ozawa
September 10, 2021
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Growing up in Northampton, Massachusetts, Eliza Blank romped through a pastoral paradise. The hills were alive, yes, but so too was her childhood home, which bloomed with flora nurtured by her mom. When she moved out and into her city dorm at New York University, "I found myself craving nature," recalls Blank. "I'd walk to Central Park on weekends just to lie in the grass." She began filling her room with the few plants she could find at delis or carry from a big-box store. But the selection was sparse, and no one was offering care-and-feeding advice.

Eliza's Top Picks

"I realized there wasn't a solution in the city, especially for young professionals living in tiny apartments without cars," she says. A few years postgrad, in 2012, Blank launched the online plant shop The Sill. The site welcomes greenhorns and green thumbs alike, and offers crowd-pleasers like foolproof snake plants, best-selling monsteras, and fussier, still-going-strong fiddle-leaf figs (along with tips, "bios" of many varieties, and chic pots). It's practical and cheerful, just like her uniform of jeans and T-shirts with a bright lip. "Plants make people happy," she says, invoking The Sill's motto, and they're great teachers, too. "Nature is resilient and restorative. There's so much to learn from it." Below, several of Blank of favorite things, including a pillow mist that upgrades her nightly routine and her houseplant of choice.

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Pink Plant

"A favorite of mine. It's bright and tropical, and blooms all year."

Shop Now: The Sill Pink Anthurium in the "Bryant" Planter, $68, thesill.com.

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Favorite T-Shirt

"Soft, well-cut, and made of hemp."

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Lip Gloss

"I like it because it has lots of pigment."

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Pillow Mist

"I spray this before I go to sleep; it calms with lavender and chamomile."

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Go-To Bag

"My Mother's Day gift to myself! I feel special carrying it."

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Aquaphor

"I joke you can use this on everything; I'm addicted."

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CBD Sparkling Water

"It's botanical-based, with a touch of sweetness."

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Dinner Plates

"You can see the craftsmanship in each one."

Shop Now: Eric Bonnin "Sylvia" Oatmeal Dinner Plate, $46, theprimaryessentials.com.

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Brow Gel

"I don't have thick brows; this fills them in."

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All-Purpose Boots

"I wear these with dresses or jeans."

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Water Bottle

"It keeps water icy-cold for hours."

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Perfect Jeans

"They're great quality, and decently priced."

Shop Now: Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans in "Maplewood" Wash, $135, madewell.com.

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Cleansing Balm

"It smells great and melts away makeup."

Shop Now: Glow Recipe "Papaya Sorbet" Enzyme Cleansing Balm, $32, sephora.com.

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Glassware

"Beautiful and sturdy."

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Rose Perfume

"The most magical gender-neutral rose scent."

Shop Now: D. S. & Durga "Rose Atlantic" Perfume, $175, dsanddurga.com.

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Desk

"It's the first piece of adult furniture I bought."

Shop Now: Hedge House Furniture "Garfield" Desk, from $1,599, hedgehousefurniture.com.

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Cozy Quilt

"This blanket is the perfect weight, and super-comfy."

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Soy Sauce

"I always have a bottle on my kitchen table."

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SPF, Everyday

"My dermatologist recommended it; I wear it every day."

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Wheelbarrow

"I use it to haul leaves, weeds, toys—even my toddler."

Shop Now: True Temper Wheelbarrow, $49, homedepot.com.