With a New Year Comes New Opportunities to Refresh Your Space

We’ve spent a lot of time at home over the past two years – certainly a lot more than we anticipated. But, it created the opportunity to inspire us to make our homes a beautiful refuge. We believe the New Year brings many opportunities for new projects and is a great time to set new goals. For those that are considering refreshing your space for the New Year, we’ve turned to Pepper Place based design expert Caroline Gidiere who shared with us a few simple and effective decorating tips!

  1. Update your lampshades.

Nothing freshens up a space like a new lampshade. Fabric lampshades are really making a comeback and they quickly add a touch of luxury and refinement.

  1.  When in doubt, just hang out.

This is Caroline’s mantra for designing spaces. When something is right, you know it and you don’t have nagging insecurity. If you are not sure or are doubting, listen to this voice and hit pause. The right answer will come to you.

  1.  Invest in a few fine antiques.

Nothing makes your modern interior look more cool or polished than the juxtaposition of a really fine antique (or two).


Caroline Gidiere is an acclaimed interior designer and tastemaker based in Birmingham, Alabama.  Caroline’s design aesthetic is a modern take on traditional interiors, using beautiful pieces and classic textiles to create interiors that are fresh and timeless.  Caroline has developed her eye for design over a lifetime, from attending school in Paris where she studied architecture, art, and literature, to extensive travels throughout the European continent.  Caroline is known for designing beautiful interiors that reflect both her keen eye for style and her clients’ personalities.   
Caroline was selected to participate in the 2021 Kips Bay Show House in Dallas and Veranda named her as one of six “2021 Next Legends” in its inaugural, annual feature.  Caroline was a Finalist in ADAC’s Southeast Designer of the Year 2020.  And, Caroline and her work have been featured in the pages and digital content of Veranda, Luxe, Flower, and Elite magazines.”