the sill: the houseplant has arrived

November 6, 2012

the sill - bag In a tiny apartment, and just about anywhere, having a little greenery to liven up your home goes an incredibly long way. In these dark days post-storm and post-daylight savings time, I’m especially feeling the need for a little brightening inside these four walls. the sill - tag The Sill is a Manhattan-based operation and the expert when it comes to understanding the power of a beautifully appointed houseplant. In their online shop, they stock a line of sturdy houseplants specially selected for easy care and adaptability to life in the big city.
the sill - succulent packaging The Sill’s lineup arrives in style, hand-delivered to neighborhoods in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and housed in one-of-a-kind vessels made by local artists. The planters are so lovely they very nearly outshine their leafy tenants.
thesill - zzplant close up In case you weren’t blessed with a green thumb of your own, The Sill’s website can help you determine which plant might be best suited to your particular space (or, for the generous among us, which plant would be best suited to a friend’s space) and their Plant Hunter blog supplies additional bits of wisdom and musings for the botanically curious. Never fear: every plant comes with a magnetic card offering reminders for how to care for your new charge.
the sill - care cards2 the sill - succulent The Marianne II was just launched yesterday (along with the bitty Eley in black), and it’s the new darling in this tiny apartment. Its modest size makes it just right for a perch on our own sill. If I didn’t know better, I’d think that artist Judy Jackson had designed the matte white planter just for me.
thesill - my sill We’re also positively tickled with our low-light-loving Zenas Dane. Don’t let the photograph fool you, this corner is positively gloomy during the day, but this little lady is still going strong. We’re guessing it’s all the sunny yellow coming from the planter down below.

the sill - zzplant Bottom line: The Sill is the kind of small company that I’m honored to support. If you’re thinking of making a plant purchase in the near future, act now. During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, The Sill had to temporarily relocate their offices due to power outages in their Lower East Side headquarters, but they’re back in action and ready to liven up this city’s apartments.  Now through Thanksgiving (November 22, 2012), The Sill is offering a portion of profits to folks who have been hurt by the storm–20% of profits will go directly to The Mayor’s Fund for hurricane relief. I hope you might be able to support them.


Materials for this post were generously provided by The Sill.
Reading My Tea Leaves is responsible for  the fangirl endorsement of their fine products.

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  • Reply call me debbie November 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This is the thing I learned today. I had no idea of such great business! I know how you feel, my house happens to be a little jungle too. 🙂

     In Whirl of Inspiration

  • Reply Nicole November 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I love this. I dream of having a house full of green…but lack in my confidence to keep them healthy and thriving (I don't have the best track record) Definitely going to check them out!

    • Reply Erin November 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      ha! i don't either. but here's hoping these guys stick it out!

  • Reply Abby November 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    That's such a brilliant idea. I have a habit of filling up the house with greenery…I'll definitely check it out!

  • Reply dervla @ The Curator November 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    oh my gosh, i love this. I live in a north facing apartment and get sunshine for about 15 minutes a day. I have a terrible time furnishing my apt with plants. Definitely going to use their troubleshooting section to see what i can purchase to green up my apartment a bit. Thanks so much!

  • Reply tinajo November 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Such a great idea for business! 🙂

  • Reply little kitchie November 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    what a lovely company! wish i was able to have on delivered to me in texas! 🙂

  • Reply Lissa Snapp November 6, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    What a cool shop, the plants look lovely!

  • Reply Kristin November 6, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Totally in love with this. A good friend just moved into a new place, this would be a perfect housewarming gift.

  • Reply Alison November 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    What an ingenious idea for a shop. I love that they include lovely planters and have varying levels for gardeners. 🙂

  • Reply Beth November 6, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    We can't have anything in our apartment because of our cats. They've managed to find every green attempt we've made and then tried to eat it. Sad. I can admire these though!

    • Reply Erin November 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      oy! i once lived with a family who kept tin foil around the base of their plants to keep the cats away (i think!?). ever give that a shot?

    • Reply Beth November 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm

      It seems like a good idea, but I just don't think it would work. They're pretty fearless and sneaky!

  • Reply sweet harvest moon November 6, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Sounds like heaven in a shop! Lovely plants!

  • Reply Connie | Daydream In Color November 6, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    These look so lovely! I will definitely be looking into this for my cousin's birthday gift since she's in NY & a plant lover.

  • Reply Milynn {Love + Whimsy} November 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    These plants are beautiful! Such a great business idea.

  • Reply Rachael November 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Wow this is such a great idea! When I worked at a flower shop the #1 question was "what plant can I keep alive without much sun?" over and over again.

  • Reply rachael November 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    i have that duvet cover! ikea, right? i still love it and i got it a few years ago.

    • Reply Erin November 28, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      ha! yes. though i only have the pillow cases!

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