Just a little over a month ago, the owner of Lush Cakery, Kathryn Steed, was married and became the now Kathryn “Kat” Perrie! Before our interview started, we swooned over Kat’s wedding pictures, especially the ones taken right here in her own adorable studio in the square of downtown Marietta.
We met on a Monday evening at Lush Cakery and Kat welcomed us with hugs and a glass of red wine. She sure does know the way to our hearts!
Let’s get started with the basics.
KP: Rome, Georgia
KP: Gilmore Girls
KP: Baskin Robbins
KP: I would love to live in California, but if I could choose anywhere in the world, I would live somewhere in wine country Italy near the Tuscan sun.
KP: An older gentleman walked into the store the other day and said I reminded him of Nicole Kidman. I definitely took that as a compliment!
KP: I have a pit mix named Abbott. She loves to go fishing with my husband, Thomas.
We immediately asked to see pictures of Kat’s sweet fur baby and let me just say, Abbott is absolutely adorable!
KP: Present Over Perfect. It’s a Christian author talking about living in the present instead of being sucked into social media. I would highly recommend it.
KP: Do not lay in a tanning bed!
KP: Treat others how you want to be treated.
KP: My Lululemon align pants. I literally have these pants in every color.
Kat was wearing these exact amazingly comfy pants during our interview!
KP: Fabric samples for a roman shade
KP: Martha Stewart
KP: My grandfather. He raised me and he was my world.
KP: A Spotify playlist called “Relax and Unwind”
KP: I wish I enjoyed running.
KP: Is it bad if I say Martha Stewart pre-incarceration?
We all laughed at this and agreed that Marta Stewart will always be a classic!
KP: Being around girlfriends
KP: Iceland two years ago. I saw the Northern Lights! I would highly recommend going in late February or early March and it’s actually a really affordable trip.
KP: Brazil. That was my first time out of the country and I was studying abroad. I love to travel and wish I had more time to travel.
KP: Greece is next on the list hopefully
KP: My car when I graduated high school from my grandfather. That was very special and very hard to get rid of!
KP: I know a lot of girls struggle with comparing themselves to one another on social media, but I really do not care what other people think about me and I love that about myself.
We definitely admire that about you too, Kat!
KP: The smell of a campfire
KP: Italian. Anything cheesy, breads, and carbs.
KP: Zac Brown Band
KP: The Family Stone, but I really love any Christmas movie.
KP: Listening to live music and enjoying a cocktail with my husband
KP: I hate winter! I love fall and am so ready for it to be here!
Kat laughed at herself saying that she really prefers neither. She said that the only jewelry she ever wears is the same necklace every day and of course her flawless wedding ring.
KP: Savory. I want potato chips, baked potatoes, and all the pasta all the time!
KP: Happy ending
KP: I am more introverted. I am an observer. My best friend is super extroverted, so whenever we go out somewhere, I like to sit back and observe while she does all the talking, Kat giggles.
KP: It has always been Red Velvet, but my latest favorite is cinnamon. Both red velvet and cinnamon have a vanilla bean cream filling. For décor, I love fresh flowers. It adds so much life to a cake.
KP: Usually 4-6 in peak season, but on October 20th this year, I have 8!
KP: I usually like to deliver all of the cakes myself, but thankfully Thomas [Kat’s husband] helps me out too.
KP: On Monday’s, I buy all of the ingredients for the week. I usually bake on Tuesdays for and do fillings on Wednesday’s. Thursdays and Fridays are for decorating and of course, Saturday’s are for delivering.
KP: Coming up with the name of my company was the hardest thing. I literally looked up adjectives in the thesaurus to find the perfect name. I love cool, clean, crisp colors.
KP: I have been doing cakes since 2009, but I started my own business in 2012.
KP: I like for people to have some type of vision, even if it’s as simple as being drawn to a piece of fabric or dress or flowers. This gives me an idea of where to start.
KP: Seeing all of the wedding pieces coming together.
KP: How do you deliver your cakes and have you ever had a cake incident?
Thankfully, Kat has never had any cake accidents!
KP: I would say my average is $700 to $800. I have a minimum of $500 during high peak season.
KP: Take a step back with your groom, and really see everything come together. All of the people you love are here for you for one time in your life, and it is just such a wow, perfect moment. It is all so surreal and I hope brides take in every moment they can on their wedding day.
Ironically, three days before our interview, Courtney said the exact same words to her associate coordinator, Kelley, who is getting married in November. Courtney still gets tears in her eyes thinking about how special it was to have everyone she loves in one place for her own wedding five years ago.
KP: I hated working for other people and not doing something that I loved. I did the whole corporate thing for a while and it just wasn’t for me, but I have always had a passion for food.
KP: An Interior Designer. I love following all the bloggers and designers.
Looking at Kat’s perfect décor in Lush Cakery, she would definitely be an AMAZING interior designer too!
KP: I will still be in the Lush Cakery studio for the next 5 years. I want to focus more on selling baked goods, t-shirts, and merchandise. I eventually want to teach cake making classes too. I have dreamt about having this exact studio for so long, and I’m so excited for Lush Cakery to grow even more.
We ended our interview looking at the sweetest article featuring Kat in Cobb Life magazine and of course sharing more pictures of our puppies! On our way out, Kat treated us with the most delicious macaroons we have ever tasted! We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect Monday night. -DS