ORC: The Books & Bourbon Library

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ORC: The Books & Bourbon Library

Hello my friends, welcome Fall 2020 ORC: The Books & Bourbon Library!

Welcome to the 2020 fall season of the ORC: The Books & Bourbon Library. This season we will be designing our front library space. We have themed it books and bourbon and have a fun masculine based design for you this season including cedar beams and stone fireplaces, so stay tuned for this event.


WEEK 1     WEEK 2     WEEK 3   WEEK 4    WEEK 5     REVEAL

Just in case you maybe wondering exactly what The One Room Challenge is, here is the link, and the scoop. This event was originally started by Linda Weinstein @ Calling It Home. It is currently hosted twice a year, in April and October for the past 16 seasons. The ORC has hosted over 500 interior designers & home decor bloggers, that have joined together in this challenge to makeover one room in their own homes.  The participants have a total of six weeks, from start to finish, to complete a full room transformation. Over 4,400 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge to date, and many spaces have been recognized and featured by several prestigious sites, like Better Homes and Gardens the hosting media site this season.


This is the original before picture of our front room or library, prior to us installing our own cedar ceiling beams as a DIY. Since we did this project previously to beginning the room for One Room Challenge this season, we wanted to mention it and show the room as in its original state but not make it a primary post, since it was not actually a part of the 6 week challenge.

Library Before Pictures JENRON DESIGNSHere is a current before picture once we installed our own DIY cedar ceiling beams, which can be seen in its entirety on our website at DIY Architectural Cedar Ceiling Beams. This was an easy little DIY project we did three years ago. It was a very simple, and cost effective way to add architectural style cedar ceiling beams into our home, post building and allowed us to save a ton of money in the process. ORC Library Before Pictures JENRON DESIGNSBy adding these beams it really set the tone for the rest of the room and created the design theme and inspiration for my Books and Bourbon Library. I knew that the room would need to have a follow through with a dark and moody, yet rustic feeling to carry the feel of the cedar beams into the rest of the space. I want to add an earthy element with rock or stone, maybe even slate and a fireplace would be dandy if I can figure out how to put one into this area without any kind of direct vent since this room is on the front of our home.
Books & Bourbon Library Before Pictures JENRON DESIGNSAs you may also notice, the room is also has a tendency to be very dark, with no overhead lighting of any kind. It currently only has switched wall plugs per the builders design. So we plan to run an overhead box and add a dimmable chandelier, because we need the additional lighting, and why not do it now? If you are going to redo a space make it what you want, right? Plus, by the time I add in a full wall lined with dark bookcases it will soak up a lot of the natural light in the space, so we will need to compensate with the addition of extra light during the evening hours. Take a look at the proposed inspiration board below with the items we plan to use to get a better idea of where this room is headed over the next six weeks.

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Inspiration Board: The Book & Bourbon Library

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WEEK 1: Introduction & Inspirations, Beams

WEEK 2:  Fireplace Install & Mantle

WEEK 3: Stone Tile Install

WEEK 4: Bookcases

WEEK 5: Adding a Chandelier



  1. Wanda Cain

    Your projects are always amazing… I can’t wait to see the progression!

  2. This project has us stretching out a bit, as I am teaching myself to tile with stone for the fireplace facade, so keep your fingers crossed as I dive into that thinset mortar, this will be one of two fireplaces this season. We I just finished a marble stacked tile one that the post releases this weekend, which is located in the basement.

  3. Love you plans. Can’t wait to see the stone wall and fireplace.

  4. Books and Bourbon – yes please!! That lighting is going to make such a huge difference!

  5. The chandelier is ABSOLUTELY beautiful we have already received it from Generation Lighting, which is not even available for retail sales until December! It is so beautiful!

  6. This is where I learn a new skill for sure, but I love to learn new things and hone my skill sets.

  7. This is just so great & exciting !

  8. such a beautiful project. i’m always looking for new ways to rennovate our home.

  9. Sydney

    Love this challenge! Excited to see the fireplace

  10. Ooh I can’t wait to see this room! The beams already give it a cool, rustic vibe. I love both books and bourbon, so this is definitely my kind of room.

  11. Libbie

    You had me at Books and Bourbon my friend!

  12. LOL… well my husband’s and my idea of library slightly differed, so we landed on a library of bourbon and the books just seemed like a good place to be stored as well.

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  15. Kevin

    Hey there just wanted to stop by to say how much I love this room, and the idea of creating a library for your bourbon. Warm regards

  16. Robert M.

    This is a great idea for any bourbon collector to showcase a great collection. It looks great and you have nice place to enjoy sipping.

  17. Jorgelet

    Ready to get that invite to the infamous books and bourbon library I have heard so much about it looks amazing, and what a great collection your husband has too! Great job.

  18. Casandra Levy

    Hello Friend I love this idea for a extra little entertaining space/reading area for the home or even an office space. Those book cases and beams are fantastic and look like an old French Chateau, love it!

  19. Rosie Bronte'

    Such a sexy little room in your home for a night cap. I can so imagine myself in here reading or sipping on drink by the fire listening to music.

  20. Eddie

    Greetings! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that cover the same subjects? Thanks!

  21. Eddie

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say excellent blog!

  22. Hi Eddie I have to approve all of the comments prior to them being posted, so it will not appear immediately sorry for that confusion. However I did get both of your lovely comments so thank you, and I will approve them both.

  23. You will probably find many similar DIY blogs at the ORC site which is listed on this page. This event hosst thousands of blogs and DIYers every year and some the best talent you can find and true feast for your eyes. Enjoy!

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