Molly meets Helen, Montezumas

Molly meets Helen Pattinson, Montezumas. Secret Linen Store Blog.

Describe your job in 3 words.

Chocolate. Chocolate. Chocolate

What’s the best thing about owning your very own chocolate factory?

People’s reaction when you tell them what you do for a living.

What was your favourite chocolate as a child… and what is it now?

White chocolate fish and chips penny sweets (I now know that this isn’t even chocolate!). Now, it’s a much more sophisticated 54% cocoa milk chocolate called ‘the Dark Side’.

What’s your next big interior challenge?

We have been renovating a very unloved Georgian house for three years and we’re nearly there. We have left the children’s rooms until last as they are constantly bashing them around anyway but I would love to put in a new bathroom for them which is fun and functional and stops them using my shower. It’s a challenge because Simon thinks their current bathroom is perfectly ok!

Are you all about long lie-ins or up with the lark?

Definitely up with the lark, our children have always been early risers so even if we used to enjoy a lie-in, I have forgotten what one is after all this time!

Instagram or Twitter?

I’m on twitter but I am not a lover of either.

What's on your bed today?

All white sheets in cotton seersucker as the iron is my enemy!

Do you wear a nightdress, pj's, or nothing?


Who would you invite to your dream midnight feast? dead / alive/ animal?

All of my old friends who I never have time to see and who wouldn’t expect me to be a party animal at midnight!

If you could move your bed to anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I would like to be able to hear the sea while I’m lying in bed so anywhere on the coast please.

How do you like your eggs?

Poached or scrambled, never boiled.

Clean sheet Friday or clean sheet Sunday? (Harriet and I disagree)

Definitely Friday, that’s the day my amazing cleaner comes to save me from my cold sweats over a dirty and untidy house.

Do you have a bedtime ritual, can you share it with us?

I like to listen to the radio on 30 minute sleep mode and try to fall asleep before it goes off. I rarely do but spend 29 and a half of those minutes listening to Simon sleeping soundly!

Flat sheet or fitted sheet?


You're off for a weekend camping... what one luxury do you take from your bedroom?

Over the years, we have progressed from inch-thick camp bed rolls to fully inflatable mattresses so in my book, this is not a luxury but a necessity. Therefore, my luxury would be my pillow!

Tell us a secret?

I always have a brushed cotton pillow case on my pillow, so grandmotherly but so soft and comfortable. Next stop, full length nightie surely?

Who should Molly meet next?

Simon - I bet his answers would be very different!

Molly meets Helen. Montezumas. Secret Linen Store

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