At home with Megan Morton.

We’re At Home with renowned stylist, Megan Morton. 

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We chat to Megan Morton, the renowned stylist, best-selling author and founder of The School.

 

Working her ‘house whispering’ magic, Megan’s clients span from celebrities to the pages of Vanity Fair and Vogue Living.

 

“During Covid’s first phase I was taken aback with how much I enjoyed my own Curtains. They felt both a metaphor for safety as well as a way to mark the day with new routines. Closing down the day with drawing them was just as satisfying as opening them to meet the morning. I have never not invested in window treatments and often say to my own clients, it’s like going out with full makeup and no mascara.”

— Megan

Three words that best describe you?

Curious 

Enthusiastic 

Domesticated 

 

What’s your ideal day?

Start with a strong black and meditation. During the day, ideally I would check in with all my kids, check in with all my projects then end the day looking for a dog to adopt on the internet! 

 

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue, blue, blue, the truest of colours. I am working on a new house project and I’ve done blue rooms before but this time I am really going to go for it! 

   

Do you live in a house or apartment?

Apartment that is bigger than a house! 

 

What’s your favourite room and why?

My bedroom because it has magical window treatments and a bathtub.

 

What are the 3 most important things that make your home feel like a home?

My books, my box of my favourite things from my children and my Indian soapstone mortar and pestle.

 

What was your biggest splurge when designing your home?

My marbled kitchen island bench. Initial pain but worth every cent.

 

What is your most cherished possession?

Portraits of my children I commissioned for my husband for Father’s Day.

 

What lesson(s) did you learn when you designed your home? 

Go slow. Slower than slow! Good things really do take time. Especially if you’re getting to know what you like during the process. 

 

What’s on your interiors wish list right now?

Portuguese vintage tiles.  Searching for about 5 square metres if anyone is holding some!

What’s your interior style? Minimalist, over the top or somewhere in between? Colourful or neutral?

I like to play with minimal and maximal to achieve my sometimes ‘barely there’ but considered atmospheres.

 

When it comes to designing a home, what does your design process look like?

Sitting in the deep dark reality of the budget and time line.

 

What are your top 3 design/style tips for building or renovating a house?

Be overly diligent.

Be very clear and concise with your budget realities. 

But be fluid and flexible at the same time.

 

You’re given a limited renovation budget; how would you spend it wisely to transform a home?

I would address the person’s wish list. What is it that makes them the happiest? Give them an element of this and the rest will follow.

 

What’s the biggest interior design mistake you’ve ever made?

So many, but mistakes present themselves in all jobs and it’s what you make of them.

What qualities do you look for when choosing materials, furniture and accessories in your designs?

Integrity

 

Are you a Curtains, Blinds or Shutters person? 

Curtains. The sheer volume and romance of them.

 

Some people find it difficult to decide what to do with their windows. Any tips?

Let the house give you your cues. All the clues are already in the room.  It’s up to you to

co-ordinate with it or contrast.

 

How do you find inspiration?

In books. Recorded evidence is very useful and powerful.

 

What design projects are you working on at the moment?

A new accommodation outside of Bangalow that sits at the base of a waterfall and a heritage listed national park. Excitement is an understatement!

 

Please note: Curtains in Megan’s home are existing and were not supplied by dollar curtains + blinds.

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