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Liz King on Celebrating Mother’s Day

Liz King on Celebrating Mother’s Day

Liz King, owner of The Linen Shop and Kings' Carriage House, with her daughter Lillibet and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

When it comes to dining, entertaining, and interiors, Liz King is a triple threat. She owns The Linen Shop, a luxury bedding and gift shop in New Canaan, CT, known for its impeccable offerings. She’s the co-owner, with her husband, of Kings’ Carriage House, an Upper East Side dining treasure serving traditional aristocratic fare (think prime beef, lump crab cake, and roast leg of lamb) in a resplendent setting modeled after an English Manor house. And she also offers catering services for everything from cocktail parties to afternoon teas for those who want to bring the elegant spirit of Kings’ Carriage House to their own private events. In fact, King catered Matouk’s 85th anniversary party last year, for which she designed a one-of-a-kind cocktail named after our 1,000-thread-count Gatsby collection.

With Mother’s Day approaching, we asked King—a woman (and mother!) we admire for her loving appreciation of beautiful things and experiences—to share her thoughts and tips for celebrating this festive holiday.

The gilded--and intimate--interior of Kings' Carriage House.

There's something about The Linen Shop and Kings’ Carriage House (now celebrating their 40th and 20th anniversaries, respectively!) that appeals to the spirit of Mother's Day. How does it all come together?
It’s all related because food and décor and entertaining are always about creating an experience of comfort and beauty.

Mother’s Day is often about sharing a meal with family. What’s on the menu that day at Kings’ Carriage House?
Our lovely three-course menu includes Cream of Cauliflower Soup with Smoked Trout & Chive Oil, Pan Seared Wild Salmon with Pistachio Crust, Dark Belgian Torte, and more.

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The Mother's Day menu at King's Carriage House

What's your favorite Mother's Day meal to serve at home?
Breakfast in bed with Matouk sheets, of course! My new favorite is Lorelei. The scallop is updated, yet so classic. I love it with everything.

Matouk's Lorelei is Liz King's favorite Matouk collection.

Any signature dishes for that indulgent breakfast in bed?
French toasted croissants. I sprinkle them with diced Applewood bacon and finish with apricots and warm maple syrup.

You made a wonderful signature cocktail at Matouk's anniversary party. What's your favorite Mother's Day cocktail?
A Pomegranate Bellini. It’s perfect with brunch or lunch. I add a drop of pomegranate juice to a traditional Bellini. It balances the sweetness and makes the drink a perfect pink color.

You also do events as part of Kings’ Carriage House. What would be a really fun Mother's Day event? Inspire us!
I have hosted many Mother-Daughter tea parties, It is wonderful to be together sharing stories and opinions, especially when there are young ladies. I like any opportunity for a multi-generational event!

What does the holiday mean to you, personally?
I have four sisters, so we always have lots of hands and many talents that make holidays special. A holiday that celebrates motherhood in a family of six women is a very special day!

If someone walked into The Linen Shop looking for a Mother's Day gift, what would you suggest?
I love to recommend items that are indulgences, because they are usually things that someone might not buy for herself—wonderful sheets (new sheets are always a luxury), silk charmeuse pillow cases, a beautiful throw, a charming pima cotton nightgown with hand smocking, a monogrammed Matouk robe, bejeweled velvet slippers, luxurious hand cream or bath salts…

Your never-fail Matouk item for a Mother's Day gift?
A Modal throw—so elegantly soft and luxurious.

Matouk linens for sale at The Linen Shop.

If you could pick one mother in your own life (a friend, family member, etc) and gift her with anything Matouk for Mother’s Day, what would you choose?
I am giving my mother a pair of shams with her monogram appliqued in matching sateen. The monogram makes the gift so personal; it says this is just for you.