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 Megan Morton is an interiors stylist and author whose playful and discerning eye is one of the best and most respected in the business. She is also the founder of The School, a local institution that invites people to take classes and learn lessons from a wide variety of artisans and creatives. We've attended a course at The School led by our friend Elise Pioch from Maison Balzac, where we made our own scented candles. That's the kind of inspiring, innovative place The School is, and that's the kind of inspiring, innovative woman Megan is. Read on for our conversation with Megan!

Megan Morton | Photo by Anson Smart

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
The Morton's when we are a fivesome.

What is your greatest fear?
That our youngest baby will eat us all alive.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sometimes I cry during the trailers of movies because the screen is so big. (I don't watch TV so it's overwhelming for me)

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Hatred, closely followed by stupidity.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?
 Millicent Rogers.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Yoga and a palm tree ring by Susie Stenmark, but I have to have my nails especially done to get away with wearing it.

What is your current state of mind?

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience.

Which living person do you most admire?
Robyn Davidson.

What is your favourite colour and flower?
Klein blue. it's impossible to name a favourite flower, I let the seasons be my flower reason.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Awareness of trouser length.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

When and where were you happiest?

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to cut my own fringe.

What is your most treasured possession?
A pottery house our eldest daughter made. How they value a house is very different to how we do.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Louise Bourgeois.

Where would you like to live?
Where I live now.

What is your favourite song?
Harder, stronger, faster better.

What do you value most in your friends?
Ability to think the things I like are unlikeable and vice versa.

Who are your favourite writers?
Joan Didion. There is no one better to speak of love, despair and reality.

Who are your favourite painters?
Elizabeth Peyton, Julian Schnabel, Caravaggio, Jean-Baptist-Simeon Chardin.

Who are your heroines of world history?
Mother Mary (as in Jesus' mumma).

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Olive Oyl, Moschino's original muse.

What is your motto?
Don't hide your enthusiasm.

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