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Choose Functionality Over Trendiness in Home Design

Interior designer Erika Golden shares design tips on Patch.

Erika Golden joined her husband's building business in 2010 with her eye for interior design.

She shares renovation and design trends and tips on her Patch blog, The Sharper Home.

Many interesting people blog on Patch and we want to introduce you to some of them. Each week we will highlight a new Patch blogger.

Today, Golden answers our questions.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up here in southeast Michigan.

What are your hobbies?

I love to cook, canoe, read and volunteer.

Favorite book?

I couldn't pick just one favorite - I am a fan of Richard Price, Kurt Vonnegut, Faulkner and for fun, Stephen King.

Favorite movie?

Again - just one? I love Breakfast at Tiffany's - Audrey Hepburn is my favorite actress. 

How did you get involved in interior design?

I have always had an eye for design, but I got the professional opportunity when I joined my husband's building company in 2010.

What's the biggest design mistake people make with their homes?

Choosing trendiness over functionality.

What's your best piece of design advice?

Think carefully about how you use the space or want to use the space, and make selections that accommodate that- it's great to have a vision, but be flexible with it and have fun.

You can follow her blog on Patch.

Get Started blogging on Patch:
  • Click the "home" tab above. The click "Start your own blog" on bottom left of the page.
  • Upload a photo to illustrate your blog that you own or have permission to use. You can also just use a Patch logo offered on the page.
  • Hit “Create your blog”
Success! You Created a Blog! Now you can:
  • Write your first post
  • Share something and it will appear on the home page.
  • Find your blog in the "Your Blogs" menu next to your Profile
Instructions and links are all right there on the page!

Questions? Contact Patch Community Editor Jason Alexander at jason.alexander@patch.com or 810-488-1353.

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