Feast + Dwell | Austin Artist

Photography by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Jessica Scott of Feast + Dwell

How did you get started?

Feast & Dwell was originally born out of a love for baking. A couple of years ago I realized that baking was a way for me to wind down and take a breather from work and the general craziness of life. I would choose one day a week to put on records and bake something delicious. I would take photos of what I baked and as I started posting the images, I had people emailing me for the recipes. The more emails I got, the more I started thinking about starting a blog. My vision for the blog wasn’t just to be a food blog. I have always had a heart for cooking/baking specifically for others and my husband and I love having people in our home, so I knew I wanted a blog that would also be centered around hospitality and loving others. That’s how the idea of Feast & Dwell was born!

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What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?

My inspiration for hospitality has mostly come from my mom. Growing up our house was the “hang out” house and my mom always had cookies or some treat ready for friends. She was so great at making it a wonderful and safe environment for everyone. In recent years my inspiration has also come from seeing friends love others well in their home and love those around them. 

Trying out different types of food gives me inspiration for what I bake or cook. I love the way that different cultures use different flavors and it always inspires me when I taste a new flavor combination. 

On a more artistic level, the inspiration for the images and styling comes from how I want our house to feel when people walk in the door. I love dimly lit rooms and a more moody and warm atmosphere, so that’s what I try and accomplish in my images. 

How do you balance your personal time + work? / how do you create separation?

Now that we have a kiddo, I feel like I have been more forced to find that separation which has been a good thing for me (I can be the type that works day and night to get things done). Our sweet boy is on a consistent napping schedule during the day, so I use that time to get work done. My mom also watches Liam on Thursdays so those are my designated days for getting a lot of work and meetings done.
Before kids, I used cooking dinner as a way to wind down from the work day, put work aside, and get into a restful mindset for the duration of the evening.

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What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?

This is a topic that I’m so passionate about and knowing that I can help others cultivate community and make their space a refuge for those around them gives me all the joy in the world. I have such a longing to see homes filled with friends, neighbors, and coworkers, sharing a meal together and sharing life with one another. I honestly think this is something that we all long for and knowing I can help people create that in their home keeps me motivated.

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand? 

In 2-5 years I want to be one of the go-to blogs for inspiration on hosting and hospitality and all that involves. I want to hear stories of how my blog inspired people to bring others into their home and break down the walls that we can so easily build between us and others. 

I also want the Feast & Dwell Shop to blossom into an incredible, curated shop filled with handmade goods for the home and kitchen. I want people to be inspired by these items and use them for when they have people over or just for everyday life with their family.

Lastly, I want to be hosting events - such as baking and cooking classes - where I can also share hospitality and hosting tips and motivate people to share their space and make it a safe and inviting environment.