Find Your Inner Craftsman at a Blanc and Bleu Workshop in the East Bay

From wreath-making to furniture painting, Blanc and Bleu Home shop owner Jenna Kinghorn guides guests on all things design and DIY.
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Guests can learn a variety of skills during Kinghorn’s workshops inside her Blanc and Bleu home shop in Bristol. Photo by Elyse Major.

Glass of prosecco in hand, guests can learn the basics of creating a Valentine’s Day-themed wreath during Blanc and Bleu Home’s upcoming workshop on February 12. Jenna Kinghorn, the shop’s owner, shares her construction and design knowledge with participants inside the Bristol space. The idea of bimonthly workshops began when Kinghorn was still running her former storefront, Styled by Jenna, and the tradition continues at the new shop with creative themes like salt wash seascapes, English pottery painting and more.

The upcoming wreath-making workshop calls on attendees to use their creativity as they prepare for Valentine’s Day decorating. After using forage materials as the base, participants will add elements like freeze-dried roses and fresh herbs to complete the charming piece. “With the wreath-making workshop, once you learn how to hand-make a wreath, you’ll never buy a store-bought wreath again,” Kinghorn says. “These are skills you can apply again and again.”

The same concept applies to the furniture painting classes. Kinghorn hopes the classes encourage guests to step out of their comfort zone and tackle a larger piece in their home with confidence.

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Kinghorn hosting a wreath-making workshop in her former store, Styled by Jenna.

“I always tell guests that there’s a difference between creativity and talent,” she says. “Everybody is creative, no matter what anybody tells you. Talent is different because that’s creativity honed in skills.”

The workshops can run from two to four hours, depending on the theme. The furniture painting classes, of course, are more in depth and involve waiting for the paint to dry, but the wait is anything but boring. “There’s always something for guests to eat and drink while taking the workshop, because, you know, we gotta let the paint dry,” says Kinghorn, who plans to bring some bubbly, macaroons, chocolates and more sweets to indulge in for the Valentine’s wreath workshop. “They usually walk around with their prosecco while shopping.”

Returning home with a finished piece done by your own hands is an accomplishment in itself, and as a thank you for joining the workshop, participants get 10 percent off any items inside Blanc and Bleu purchased after the workshop.

Classes fill up quickly since there’s limited seating in order for Kinghorn to be hands-on with every attendee, not to mention wanting everyone to feel safe and have a good time while socially distanced. Workshops start at noon and tickets range from $85–$125. Visit the website to view other approaching workshops; look out for the April sessions, featuring an Easter centerpiece class in time for spring festivities.

Blanc and Bleu Home, Bristol Properties Building #205, 500 Wood St., Bristol, 401-433-9439,



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