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.

portrait of eliza blank ceo of the sill
Photo: Johnny Miller

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

The Sill Pink Anthurium in the Bryant Planter
Courtesy of The Sill

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

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

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Favorite T-Shirt

Jungmaven Lorel Tee in Dusty Pink
Courtesy of Jungmaven

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

Shop Now: Jungmaven "Lorel" Tee in "Dusty Pink," $50,

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Lip Gloss

Sephora Colorful Lip Gloss Balm in Hot Pants
Courtesy of Sephora

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

Shop Now: Sephora Colorful Lip Gloss Balm in "Hot Pants," $9,

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Pillow Mist

Osea Vagus Nerve Pillow Mist
Courtesy of Osea Vagus

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

Shop Now: Osea Vagus Nerve Pillow Mist, $32,

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Go-To Bag

OAD Kit Bag
Courtesy of OAD

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

Shop Now: OAD Kit Bag, $395,

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Aquaphor Healing Ointment

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

Shop Now: Aquaphor Healing Ointment, $8.50,

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CBD Sparkling Water

Dram Beauty Bubbles Adaptogenic CBD Sparkling Water
Courtesy of Dram Apothecary

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

Shop Now: Dram Beauty Bubbles Adaptogenic CBD Sparkling Water, $49 for 12 cans,

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Dinner Plates

Eric Bonnin Sylvia Oatmeal Dinner Plate
Courtesy of The Primary Essentials

"You can see the craftsmanship in each one."

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

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Brow Gel

Milk Makeup Kush Fiber Brow Gel in Grind
Courtesy of Milk Makeup

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

Shop Now: Milk Makeup Kush Fiber Brow Gel in "Grind," $20,

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All-Purpose Boots

Loeffler Randall Raquel Boots
Courtesy of Loeffler Randall

"I wear these with dresses or jeans."

Shop Now: Loeffler Randall "Raquel" Boots, $395,

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Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Bottle in blue
Courtesy of Hydro Flask

"It keeps water icy-cold for hours."

Shop Now: Hydro Flask Standard Mouth Bottle, $35,

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Perfect Jeans

Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans in Maplewood Wash
Courtesy of Madewell

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

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

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Cleansing Balm

Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
Courtesy of Glow Recipe

"It smells great and melts away makeup."

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

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Duralex Picardie Glasses set of four
Courtesy of Crate and Barrel

"Beautiful and sturdy."

Shop Now: Duralex "Picardie" Glasses, From $4.50 each,

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Rose Perfume

D. S. & Durga Rose Atlantic Perfume
Courtesy of D. S. & Durga

"The most magical gender-neutral rose scent."

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

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Hedge House Furniture Garfield Desk
Courtesy of Hedge House Furniture

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

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

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Cozy Quilt

Parachute Linen Box Quilt
Courtesy of Parachute

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

Shop Now: Parachute Linen Box Quilt, from $219,

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Soy Sauce

Kikkoman Less-Sodium Soy Sauce
Courtesy of Walmart

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

Shop Now: Kikkoman Less-Sodium Soy Sauce, $2.78,

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SPF, Everyday

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46
Courtesy of Dermstore

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

Shop Now: EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, $37,

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True Temper Wheelbarrow
Courtesy of Home Depot

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

Shop Now: True Temper Wheelbarrow, $49,

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