The Ultimate Guide to Adding Personality to Your Home | Sponsored by Wayfair

Few things frustrate me more than mediocrity. While normal five-year-olds were playing with Barbies and dreaming about becoming princesses, I was the anomaly in the corner, devising a plan on making the world a better place.

You can just call me Mother Teresa.

Before you cry out with outrage at the fact that just a second ago I compared myself to one of the most admired humans to ever walk this earth, may I just say in my defense that according to Myers & Briggs personality research, the late Mother Teresa and I share the INFJ personality type.

INFJs are idealists, driven by a constant need for improvement with the ultimate goal of perfection, taking little time to acknowledge their vast accomplishments. My perfectionist tendencies creep into all aspects of my life, including decorating, and more often than not result in negative rather than positive outcomes. If you feel like your home decor projects are never fully complete, chances are – you are a perfectionist. If you would rather have no furniture than furniture that doesn't suit your preferences, chances are – you are a perfectionist. If you spend hours, days, months or years in pursuit of the perfect sofa only to buy a pair of shoes, chances are – you are a perfectionist.

The struggle is real, people.

Decorating in general is an intimidating endeavor – more so if you’re on a budget, even more so if you live in a rental space, even MORE SO if you have a million and one ideas, and EVEN MORE SO if you're a perfectionist. But ask yourself this: Was Picasso intimidated by the blank canvas? Was Mozart intimidated by the blank sheet music? If you're still hesitant to take the first step, ask yourself more questions, like: What should I wear today? Is it time for lunch yet? What is the meaning of life?

Frankly, I can't help you with that, because as much as I like to pretend otherwise, I am not a psychologist. But what I can do for you is show you a few fun ways to add your unique personality to your home.


Pile on the pillows. Or rather, arrange them very carefully.

Nothing speaks louder of your personality than your pillow choice. I am an island of great complexity, as evident by the clash of pillow sizes, styles and colors. I also have OCD tendencies, because looking at this mess makes me extremely uncomfortable.

It just so happens that Wayfair is offering FOS readers a limited-time discount for 15% off any pillow, pouf or throw. So if you'd like to improve the current pillow situation in your home, just enter the code WFPTP15 at checkout, valid November 20-24th.


Add visual interest.

Much like a baby needing shiny things to hold its attention, I too am drawn to all things unusual. INFJs have a tendency to get bored easily, so to keep things exciting I add textures, metallics, patterns and otherwise interesting visual details to my space. Unlike the majority of normal folks, however, I re-arrange everything on an embarrassingly regular basis, because I am never satisfied with the results.


DIY the heck out of everything.

INFJs have a natural affinity for art and tend to display their creativity around their home, often in the form of DIY projects. As of late, my projects involve an embarrassingly large amount of gold spray paint and little else. I admit, calling it art may be a bit of a stretch, but it sure beats boring.

Organize the mess. Or at least hide it.

Because it is humanly impossible to have an impeccable home all day, every day, I've learned to temporarily hide messes in storage boxes, behind closet doors, and under beds in order to maintain my sanity – key word being temporarily, because much like the pillow situation, simply knowing that there's a hidden mess somewhere drives me bonkers.

By now you may be suspecting that my orderly tendencies are more than just tendencies. You may be correct.

Don't forget to live in the space you've created.

If you remember just one thing from this entire jumble of words, {other than the obvious Wayfair promo code, which ends November 24, so hurry, people!} let it be a quote from the late Albert Hadley, "Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There is more to life than decorating."

I think Mother Teresa would agree.

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This post is sponsored by Wayfair. I received compensation for this post with which I updated the pillow situation in our home. The writing and opinions expressed herein are always my own and never influenced by gifted products or any type of monetary compensation.

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