SHOP: Bristol’s Own Brocante

Find gathered French and local goods and painted furniture at Blanc + Bleu

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While the down-to-earth Jenna Kinghorn probably wouldn’t use the term “Francophile” to describe herself, her adoration of all things French is obvious in the best possible way. Often spotted in a Breton French fisherman’s shirt, the energetic Kinghorn shares that she’ll be embarking on a buying trip to that country’s famed brocantes (flea markets) in April for her shop, Blanc + Bleu. “I'm really looking forward to our trip and taking my Instagram followers along for the ride as I hunt for some great items and show a bit of life in the French countryside,” says Kinghorn.

The business began with Kinghorn and then-partner-in-paint Rebekah Willenberg (since moved to the midwest) setting up their wares at farmers markets. Popularity led the pair to take a leap and open a shop and studio at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. Before long, demand prompted them to seek a larger space, and today, Kinghorn has outfitted a 1100-square-foot space in the Unity Park Mill Complex in Bristol with her trademark style, best described as Ocean State coastal meets Parisian farmhouse. 

Filled with picked vintage items in the signature colorway of its name, Blanc + Bleu also carries various lines sourced from across the sea, US, and closer to home. “I don't buy in deep quantities, so if you see something you like, grab it because it might not be here on your next visit and I might not be able to get it again.”Shop buzz continues to build from decor enthusiasts excited to peruse an ever-changing stock of bespoke furniture for sale, which is oftentimes curbside finds that Kinghorn herself has transformed with paints, hardware, and decorative techniques including affixing wallpaper. “Whether it's a new product or a vintage piece I've found, every week it's a different look in the shop,” says Kinghorn.

MARKET BASKETS

I love the French baskets we have in the shop and own most of them myself. They are all handmade so each one is a one of a kind. They are also a staple in any European home. They're not just to take to the farmers market, but you definitely could. The Marseille bag is my everyday bag. You could also use them at the beach, as an overnight bag, or even a gym bag. I've even given them as a housewarming gift filled with goodies. To clean them, simply hose them down and air dry. They are versatile, stylish and long lasting.

PILLOW COVERS

Changing out your pillow covers adds a fresh new look to any room. In my own home, I have a spring/summer set with lighter and brighter colors and a fall/winter set with cozy fabrics like velvety and knits.

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