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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