The Feels of Fall


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#fallisintheair and wood is the new pumpkin! This collection of old wooden bowls shared by Sarah @graceinmyspace serves up one of the hottest trends in fall decor this year. Get on the Fall Follow Train on IG for more like this. 

Ah, September! Cooler temps, vibrant fall colors and warm, woodsy feels. Sweater and boots weather is finally here, ushering in the season of fab fall decor. Time to break out those fuzzy, furry throws along with some other easy ideas on how to change up your interiors with the change of seasons.

Bring in fall and warm up a room with rich looking wood blinds paired with voluminous and dramatic panel drapes in a deep color like burgundy or brown.

We love the look of darker drapery with our lighter colored real wood window blinds!

Here’s a switch. Go darker with drapes over light wood blinds, like our 2″ American Hardwood Blinds.

Reclaimed wood is a good arbiter for fall. Bring in reclaimed accents in a bench, chair, mantel, or wall art. Spruce things up by pairing pieces with seasonal greenery gathered during a walk in the woods or a stop at the local florist for some fall florals.

(BTW, you can also get the reclaimed wood look on your windows with our 2″ Artisan American Distressed Wood Blinds, shown here in fall-look Endinburg. 

Window Treatments from

One of my go-to inspo sites any time of the year is, and they certainly don’t fall short on ideas. One super-simple suggestion I found there is to put firewood on display. Practical and pretty, just grab a large basket by the handles to easily lug your logs to the fireplace.

Photo credit: Don Freeman - Found on House Beautiful

Get the fall feels with fringe and pom-poms to add some whimsy and unique texture to a plain throw, pillows, even shower curtains.

Add a warm, patterned rug to your bathroom to fall in love all over!

I already had pom-poms on my shower curtain, but saw this cray-cray idea on HB for cozying up the bathroom with a throw over the tub. Had to do it! Just realized it even has fringe. Bonus two-fer! Like how it turned out? (And adding a warm, patterned rug they say will make you fall in love with your bathroom all over.)

Leap for leopard-print accents this fall! Choose softer tones for a more subtle, almost neutral look, then layer on some wood accents for a totally earthy, grounded feel.

Any other favorites you’re falling for this season? Leave a comment and let us know!

One Room Challenge Spring 2018 Reveal

ORC Spring 2018 One Room Challenge

Twenty featured designers. Twenty rooms. Six weeks. One big reveal. Oh, and millions of inspirational impressions.

With such impressive stats, chances are some of your favorite influencers with an online home design and decorating presence participated in the 2018 Spring One Room Challenge™. We’re very excited that two of ours — Ashley Goldman from The Gold Hive and Kelly Ballard of City Girl Meets Farm Boy — were selected to showcase their talents in this season’s event, along with some of their favorite products from

Now in its fourteenth season, the bi-annual ORC online interior design event has been a source of inspiration, motivation and information for DIY designers facing the challenge of designing and finishing a single room. With the support of official media partner House Beautiful and others, it’s popularity has expanded to include a concurrent Guest Participant component which this year attracted 241 participants, including Kelly. Ashley was selected as a Featured Designer this season, after participating as a guest in both 2017 spring and fall events. We’re delighted to share their success and incredible room transformations with you. See their reveals here, and let us know what you think!

Video by Home Love Network. Featured Product: Signature Blackout Roman Shades in Stone Textured over Signature Sheer Weave 3% Solar Shades in White.
Check out how great the Roman Shade looks over Ashley's bed!
Designer Ashley Goldman from the Gold Hive
The Gold Hive's Master Bedroom makeover with Roman Window Treatments“I did my favorite shade trick again! I layered blackout roman shades over light-diffusing solar shades both from SelectBlinds. The double layered shades is my favorite way to adjust different lighting needs throughout the day.”
Video by Kelly Ballard. Featured Product: Premier 2″ Faux Wood Blinds in Snow
Kelley Ballard's window makeover
Another view of Kelley Ballard's window with Faux Woods
Don't the faux woods from complete this room?“I love SelectBlinds and have used them for 15 years. They are super EASY to order, EASY to install, and EASY on the pocketbook.”

P.S. Shout out, too, to ORC Guest Participant Nicole Cole of vestigehome , who used our Signature Vinyl Blackout Roller Shades in White in this adorable nursery (that mobile!!!).

Private residence in Philadelphia, PA. Image for Vestige Home and Nicole Cole. Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin. All Rights Reserved.

Private residence in Philadelphia, PA. Image for Vestige Home and Nicole Cole. Copyright 2018 Rebecca McAlpin. All Rights Reserved.

2018 Trend Tips

Calgon, take me away! Spa bathrooms are in the top 25 of the Pinterest 100 home trends this year. (Source: via Pinterest/Architecture Art Designs.)

If you’re like me and rely heavily on social media for divine design inspiration (where would we be without Pinterest? Check out their predictions for this year’s top home trends), you’ve been inundated lately with lists of what’s in/what’s out, what’s hot/what’s not, and what was so 2017 we can’t even conceive of keeping it in 2018.

Trends can be tricky — and expensive. So to help you sort through the hype over the coolest colors and curating just the right look to complement your own personal style, here’s a summary of the good, the bad and the ugly ideas we’ve seen for styling your home in 2018.

The Good

Color me pretty. Don’t be afraid to let your true colors come shining through this year. Whether lavender shades of the Pantone Color of the Year, Ultra Violet; sage advice for soothing bedrooms; a return to earthy, neutral tones; big, bold reds, or rich, moody darks, color is this year’s common design denominator. Even — and I can’t believe I’m writing this — avocado green and gold (which I feel should be banished forever to the ’70s from whence they came). While our love of millennial pink and soft grays won’t completely fade away, color is king, so go for high contrasts on walls, ceilings, floors, tiles and in accents everywhere.

The color purple will be a dominant decorator choice this year, from delicate shades of lavender to daring ultra violet. Photo by Jason Kisner on

A nod to book worms. From book-themed wallpaper (bold patterned wallpapers, BTW, being another hot go-to this year. Look for agate and geo-inspired coverings at mainstream retailers.) to unique creations literally culled from the pages of your own personal library, books — especially vintage, as in old, cracked bindings and yellowing pages — are big in 2018. No longer relegated to a shelf, display them in stylish stacks (look for colors on bindings that complement each other and the rest of your decor), or in an old wooden box or tray for an attractive accent on coffee tables, credenzas and nightstands.

The writing’s on the wall. Still popular wall galleries are one of the simplest DIY design hacks to personalize any space. Showcase a collection of family photographs and drawings, memorabilia, or favorite store-bought prints in a cultivated and clean or more cluttered looking arrangement to suit your space. Throw in some typography, hand-lettered word boards, or prints with your favorite quote or philosophy to live by to keep your style on trend this year. You can also display decorative signs on an easel, mantel, cupboard, or in any nook and cranny craving that personal touch.

Our own Lisa Haroldsen is totally on trend with this beautiful wall gallery created from her recent wedding album. Her bold blue couch and colorful, textured pillows are right on target for 2018, too.

Follow your passion for fashion. Take a cue from your closet this year. Get inspired by how you dress to become a fashionista and design diva. Check out how designer Jennifer Glickman does it in this House Beautiful article. (But seriously, men’s skinny jeans and rompers have GOT to go!)

Black velvet if you please. Or in any color, velvet will be back with a vengeance. This classically upscale fabric is a bold choice for focal-point furnishings like couches, chairs, chaise lounges and headboards. For use on a smaller scale, toss in a velvet pillow, throw, or duvet.

Brass is back. Along with other metallics, you can use shiny, brushed and antique brass finishes throughout your home. Look for it in light fixtures, kitchen and bathroom faucets, other hardware, and in assorted accent pieces that fit your unique style.

3-D Decor. If your style is falling a little flat, try adding an extra dimension with some of the daring 3-D art and wall decor available, or create your own.

Cement your look. Industrious DIYers and designers are still digging the form and function of cement texture. A popular material for creating waterfall edge countertops, concrete is spilling over into sinks and onto floors — even walls — to cement a cool, industrial vibe.

Get hygge with it. From Denmark with love, the hygge (rhymes with ‘jiggy’) design trend continues, tapping into our natural desire for simple, cozy and comforting surroundings. Bury yourself in thick, oversized knit throws and cushy, woven rugs. Leave a perfectly placed hand-crafted ceramic mug on an end or accent table to fill with a calming cup of tea while you flip through one of the vintage books you have artfully displayed on the coffee table.


Floral flourish. Not the delicate, chintzy floral prints from grandma’s house, today’s designs call for large, lush oversized blooms and botanicals on wallpaper and windows, in art prints and pillows, linens and live arrangements, to make any space pop with high-contrast colors such as black and white or teal and gold.

Big, beautiful botanical patterns are everywhere this year, including on our Veronica Valenica Light Filtering Rollers.

The Bad (and the Ugly)

Besides the aforementioned men’s skinny jeans and rompers, we’re taking a cue from this list of what designers at House Beautiful and Lonny Magazine think are the soon-to-be-forgotten trends to avoid (no matter how tempting the clearance prices).

— This sounds a little fishy, but oh-so-popular subway tile is being replaced this year with colorful fish scale tiles for floors and backsplashes.

— Rattan will be a risk, including wicker and woven baskets. (Now where are we going to put our hygge throws?)

— Memphis blues. Elvis has left the building and taken this colorful ’80s look with him.

— Antique carpets. Hang up the rattan rug beaters.

— Looking forward to a softening of homes, it’s time to shut the door on open shelving and its companion, industrial details like plumbers pipe.

— Faux shiplap. While the real thing is still in vogue, fake shiplap wallpaper is a waste, they say.

— Worst colors for the coming year? Flesh tones, pastel everything, rose gold and chevron patterns.

So what do you think? What trends will you be following and favoring this year on Pinterest and elsewhere? Leave us a comment and let us know!





It’s a Design Free-fall into the Change of Seasons

For those of us still suffering daily temps in the 90s and with no changes in the color of surrounding cacti as a clue, it’s kind of hard to fall into step with everyone who actually lives in an area where you have a change of seasons (other than hot, hotter and hottest). Fortunately, we have connections with some incredible interior decorators and designers around the country. So we reached out to see what they were seeing and doing design-wise to make the transition to fall. Here’s what we learned.

One common thread was a trend away from the use of more traditional colors associated with fall, such as oranges, reds, browns and black, to neutrals like Kirsten Yanasak of the brightyellowdoor in Washington state uses.

“I just love the changing seasons, and fall is absolutely, without a doubt my most favorite season of all. I love the changing of the leaves, the excitement of the crisp mornings. I love seeing all the Halloween costumes show up in the stores, and I have to admit, I absolutely adore pumpkin spice lattes! What I don’t love, though, is chaos. And I don’t love messes and feeling boxed in. What bright oranges and lots of yellows and too many black and white checkers patterns do to me in decorating is make me feel stressed, boxed in and itching to pack up my fall decor weeks too early. That’s why my solution has been to decorate with calming, soothing, simple neutrals. I find when I do not decorate with overly bright colors I am happy with my fall decor right up until Christmas time. And I find I can add a lot of it, like A LOT of it!”

Another trend is pumpkins. Lots of pumpkins. Besides buying pumpkin spice creamer for her coffee, Andrea Francavilla of Pineandprospecthome in Michigan shared her super simple way to get ready for fall.

“I’ve always loved the look of fabric pumpkins, and last year I actually attempted to make some, but I didn’t like the way they turned out,” admits Andrea. “When it was time to throw out all of the mini (real) pumpkins I purchased last fall, I decided to save all of the stems for another attempt at cloth pumpkins this year. I don’t know if the real stems made all the difference for me, but I just love the way that these pumpkins turned out this year! Plus they were so easy and fun to make!”

Our neighbor down in Tucson, Natalie Kolter at myvintageporch, shares our pain about it still being “blazing hot” here in Arizona, but she also shared how she was using one of the coolest trends in home decor, hand-made wooden signs, to bring a feeling of fall inside. “I’m not much of one for measuring, so I eyeball where the lettering should be,” she said [a woman after my own heart :-)]. “Sometimes I use my finger for measuring or my pencil to measure the area. I know, I’m real professional.”




Maybe not, Nat, but the result sure looks professional. Here’s how she did it.


Cooler fall temperatures in Texas inspired Southern Farmhouse DesignsAshley Moore to create a simple yet classic fall table. Her secret to creating this stunning masterpiece?




“Don’t over think it. There is no need for fancy, or extravagant spending. Keep it simple and classic, but most important, don’t stress,” she advises. “Less is more in my opinion, and the less time it takes to put together the better. The most important thing with any dinner table is to enjoy time with the people around it. Putting forth a little effort to make it look nice is just one way to make your guests feel welcome and loved.”


Of course, the best thing about the change of seasons is ushering in the holiday season. To kick things off, citygirlmeetsfarmboy Kelly Ballard, showed us some of her creepily creative Halloween decor.


“Ribbon – I love it! You can do so much with fall decor by adding small strips of ribbon to your pieces. Try tying them in little knots for a rougher look, or bows for a more dressed up feel. I love to shop my local dollar store to find some simple steals that aren’t very expensive. Adding a few plastic rats or creeping cloth can totally add a new element to your Halloween and fall decor.”



I hope you’ve enjoyed these ideas as much as I have. (Makes me miss fall even more now.) Many thanks to our Inspiring Decorators for sharing. How have you decorated for fall? Leave us a comment with some of your tips!

Why Wood Still Wows in Interior Design


Since the Stone Age, wood has been the go-to construction material for builders and designers. Compared to steel and concrete, writes Clay Risen of Popular Science, it’s “cheaper, easier to assemble, and more fire resistant, thanks to the way wood chars [who knew??]. It’s also more sustainable. Wood is renewable like any crop, and it’s a carbon sink, sequestering the carbon dioxide it absorbed during growth even after it’s been turned into lumber.”

More simply put, because wood used to be a living organism, it contains a spiritual energy that affects us in a positive way and helps create a relaxing environment. (Don’t believe me? Search “forest bathing” to learn about the benefits of walking through a forest of trees.)

Wood’s Zen-like presence can be found everywhere in interior design. Its natural organic properties make it one of the most versatile elements evident in all good design, and a simple way to bring nature to every room of your home.

The root of great design

In addition to its soothing effects on your senses, wood is one of the only materials that can be finished to look like shiny marble, or in almost any way you can imagine. There are lots of techniques for texturizing, smoothing, painting and staining wood to give it the look you want. Or left in its natural state, wood can be crafted into truly gorgeous, one-of-a-kind designs that showcase its unique imperfections, knots and grains.

Photo via Stanley Furniture on Wayfair

Wood can be used virtually everywhere – inside and out – as a design element to complement any style. In addition to the durable, classic beauty of fine wood furniture, envision it on your floors, walls, ceilings, patios and in accessories throughout your home.

‘Woodn’t’ this look spectacular hanging in your home? You can see why Pinterest users have pinned this gorgeous wooden pendant light to so many lists.

Nail any décor from country to contemporary, traditional to transitional by mixing and matching wood finishes. Sustain your look for years with reclaimed and refinished wood used in doors, windows, flooring, ceiling beams, and as a decorative accent almost anywhere.

Can’t afford to re-floor with wood? Reach for it on your windows with natural woven wood coverings (like our new Veronica Valencia Island Woven Wood in luscious Lomaloma), or real-wood blinds like our 2” Select American Hardwoods (shown here in Old Mahogany).


Need some more inspiration? Here’s a link to 18 incredible DIY ideas (like this sweet little side table) to create your own unique wooden designs. Let us know how they turn out. Post your projects in the Comments section here on The Blinds Spot blog.

Coastal Creations

Think “coastal” and what springs to mind? The beach, right? And who doesn’t love the look and feel of the beach? Coastal is a style all its own and one you can easily own whether you live by the coast or not.

Coastal design is a sensory experience. Creating your own seaside oasis – even in a Manhattan walk-up – takes just a few touches to evoke the feel of an ocean breeze, the sound of crashing waves and that sand-between-your-toes sensation. Coastal elements can complement any style, from Cape Cod cottage, to shabby chic beach bungalow, to minimalist, modern glam interiors. Combine coastal colors, textures and natural accents to create a zen-like summer sanctuary or casual year-round family vacay vibe anywhere.

Color – Get inspired by the changing ocean tides in creating a coastal color palette that works with your style. Paint a backdrop of soothing sage or sea foam green, cloud-white, aqua blue, soft gray. Pull in one or two contrasting or coordinating shades and pops of color with furniture and favorite accent pieces.

Texture – Borrow texture from the rugged shoreline or soft, sandy beach. Mix natural textiles like coral and driftwood with smooth ceramics and glass. Blend nubby, fuzzy fabrics with teak, rattan, bamboo, woven jute and grasses, or classic white wicker.

A smooth white dresser contrasts cleanly with a shaggy, soft silk rug and varying hues of silvery blue and gray in this master bedroom. The textured wallpaper and two-toned drapes effortlessly draw you through the room to the oceanfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook


Coastal exteriors aren’t limited to Adirondack chairs and hammocks anymore. This modern beachfront patio features sleek teak, burled wood and woven rope textures atop a blue/gray-toned patterned rug. Remember to choose weather and fade resistant fabrics for outdoor spaces to keep your coastal theme looking like new longer. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook


Clapboard walls and siding are a coastal classic. Love how Melissa Michaels topped it with wallpaper and tied in more texture with bamboo shades. And those litte anchor hangers are too cute! Photo credit Melissa Michaels, The Inspired Room


Accents – There’s more to coastal accents than pictures of fish and seashells. Look for unique nautical and marine-inspired items to complement a favorite piece of art. Pick up a piece of coral from the beach, roll up comfy throws and towels in brightly woven baskets. Treat your windows to the look with white or weathered shutters. Complete the sensory experience with fresh beach-scented candles.


A stunning industrial-style chandelier anchors the modern coastal look in this condo. Large scale art, accent pillows, patterned wood credenza and real coral bring the space’s neutral base into focus without distracting from the beachfront view outside. Photo courtesy of Kim Van Hook

2017 Pantone Color of the Year & the Home Decor You Need

It’s finally here! Pantone announced their 2017 color of the year. Say hello to:


Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute shared some of their motivation for choosing this yellow-green color.

“…Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

Not sure how to incorporate this new color into your home decor? We’ll make it a little easier for you. Here are some home decor items that you just have to see.

Window Coverings

Take a look at these window coverings. On the right of each picture, you can see a color option that’s close to Greenery. Whether you like the exact 2017 Pantone color of the year or you’d prefer something closely related, but not an exact match, we have you covered.

rsz_shade_1Premier Double Cell Light Filtering Shades


rsz_shade_2Designer Sleep Shades


rsz_shade_3@Home Collection 3/8″ Double Cell Light Filtering

rsz_shade_4Carriann Kids Light Filtering Roller Shades

Decorative Pillows

pillow-1Taste of Trellis Decorative Pillow


Surya Green Solid Decorative Pillow


bedding-1Stripe Navy and Lime Bedding Set by Sweet Jojo Designs


Hudson Luxury 12-Pc Bedding


Luxury Checkered Quilted Wrinkle Free Multi-Piece Coverlets Set

What do you think of the 2017 Pantone color of the year? How will you use it in your home?

Creating a Glamorous Space

Who doesn’t love a touch of glamour in their lives? You may not want to live in a glamorous home. After all, there are times for some glamour and there are times for just relaxing and kicking your feet up. So instead of making your whole home glamorous, just focus on one space for now.

Here’s how to get started:

Pick the Right Color Palette

The easiest way to create a specific mood or feel in a space is by the color palette. To create that glamorous feel, you can choose whites, pale pastels, rich, deep colors, or bright jewel tones. The colors by themselves won’t give you pure glamour. It’s what you do with the color that makes the real difference.

Add Drama with Furniture


Adding visual interest and drama with your furniture is the perfect addition to a glamorous room. Add a tufted accent piece or choose a piece with dramatic, extravagant lines. Remember that including an extravagant piece doesn’t mean your living room will look over-the-top. With the right balance, glamorous can also be elegant.

Make a Statement


Whether it’s a piece of beautiful artwork or it’s your area rug, a glamorous room must make a statement. What that statement is exactly is up to you. Don’t be afraid to be bold. One quick way to make a statement is by choosing the right window coverings. Roman shades have a natural elegance and glamour, and they’re so versatile, they complement every style, just like the ones pictured above.

Mix and Match Styles


A glamorous room can be modern, traditional, or even Mediterranean. With that in mind, mix and match styles and even style eras to create a layered, complex, glamorous feel. Like a piece from the 1920s? Perfect! Add it alongside your favorite décor item from today. Mixing and matching styles also gives the feeling that you’ve worked on that space over a period of time rather than throwing it all together. And that can give it even more glamour.

A glamorous room is right around the corner. Don’t be afraid to make décor mistakes. Making mistakes is how you learn what works for your space and what doesn’t. And the great thing about home décor and even wall paint is it’s all easily changed, no commitment necessary.

Decorating with the Outside View in Mind

If you have an amazing view from your home, would that change how you decorate your home’s interior?
Well, it should.

Consider your view a part of your décor. In fact, it’s not just an accent; it should be the main focus. Not everyone has a beautiful view from their windows. But if you do, it’s time to accentuate it and take advantage of the unique sights your home offers.

Solar Shades


Depending on where you live, you may need sun, light, or heat blockage, especially during the summer. If this is the case, it’s not a good idea to leave your windows uncovered. This can raise your electricity costs. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t accentuate that view. Instead, choose solar shades. The right solar shade will not restrict your view at all, but it will still provide you the sun and light blockage you need.

Sheer Shades


Sheer shades are designed for a light, flowy look and feel. With just a soft layer over your windows, you can still enjoy the view, but the sheer shades will diffuse and filter the bright light so you get a soft glow. Sit back and enjoy the view from your window, all while keeping your home looking modern and stylish.

Simplify in Order to Accentuate


If you really want to make your view stand out, simplify your décor. Too many bright colors or too many knick knacks will distract from your view. Choose clean lines and simplify. Simple doesn’t mean boring. You can still add flair to your home décor, but choosing to simplify will highlight your windows.

Make the View the Star Attraction


Place your furniture so the window is the focus of the room. When you have guests, you’ll want them to appreciate and enjoy the view. So turn chairs and couches toward the windows. Make it the star attraction, just as it deserves to be.

The view from your windows may be an external benefit, but why not center your entire home’s interior on that feature? It’s just one more way to add personality, individuality, and uniqueness to your home. You don’t want your home to be like every other home. So, find what makes it unique and emphasize it. In this case, it’s your stellar view!

What’s Your Design Style?

Decorating your home is one more way to express yourself and show your personality. But understanding how your personality fits into a design style can be confusing. Sure, there are straightforward styles and definitions, but many people find themselves torn between two or more styles. Don’t feel as though you have to limit yourself to just one style. You’re unique and complex. Your style can be multi-sided, too, no matter if you identify with two or more design styles.

Here’s a basic breakdown of styles. Which one best describes and reflects you?



The contemporary style includes softened, rounded lines. Even though some of the contemporary lines are rounded, it still gives a clean look and feel. The contemporary color palette is mainly made up on browns, whites, and grays, with pops of colors throughout. There are also metallic elements in many contemporary designs. Contemporary, geometric patterns can also be included, and you’ll commonly find those designs on decorative pillows, wall art, and even on rugs.



The traditional style is reminiscent of the European countryside in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in France and England. Warm colors are traditionally used, creating a cozy glow throughout the space. Traditional style is all about detail, and a lot of them. The furniture looks plush and it can be difficult to resist sinking right into them.



The modern style is all about polished sleekness. Much like the contemporary style, this style’s focus is on clean lines. One important aspect of a modern style is asymmetry. Instead of warmer metals, like bronze or gold, modern spaces are generally adorned with chrome and steel. This is one aspect that gives a modern home that sleekness.



The Mediterranean design style is also called Spanish modern. Just as you might expect, this style uses blues, greens, and yellows to represent the ocean and the sky. Don’t forget about mosaics and terracotta. Many homes in the Mediterranean style opt for textured walls to create depth and visual interest.



The romantic design style focuses on softness and whimsicality. Think lace, pastels and muted colors, and dainty floral patterns. It also centers on femininity, with just a few touches of masculinity to create some depth. The romantic style is about grace and refinement through fabrics and colors.

Don’t feel you have to stick solely to one design style. Be yourself and let your personality and style preferences show you the perfect styles for you. Mix and match until you feel you’re properly represented. Your style will change with time. It’s natural. It’s normal. Don’t limit your style. Instead, let it develop and morph naturally.