A Photographer's Rustic, Zen "Sunday House"
We're starting off 2019 at home with Kate Zimmerman Turpin in Austin, Texas. Kate's "Sunday House" (read more about that below) is the perfect space to be inspired for the new year. White walls, a muted color palette, and effortless styling create an utterly zen atmosphere - and "zen" is totally on our list for home resolutions this year. We chatted with Kate about her photography business, what she loves about Texas, and her advice for decorating your home.
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Tell us a little about your photography business and how you got started.
I’ve always loved photography since grade school and knew I wanted to be a photographer for a long time. After I studied art in college, I worked for a couple photographers for a little bit but quickly began working on my own. Business was slow in the beginning and I took many odd jobs but I found that being freelance in Austin was overall pretty encouraging.
This is your "Sunday House" - what is the history of that and what does it mean to you?
So many people ask me why it’s called a "Sunday House”. It’s funny because the reason I started calling it was because when we were beginning the plans for the guest house, my dad started calling it a “Sunday House”. At the time, I just thought it was cute, not really knowing the full meaning behind it. Historically, a Sunday house was a small home that families who lived out in the country would have in town for when they would travel to church on Sundays. It was typically stripped down and very simple and I think that’s what my dad meant when he called it a “Sunday house”, nothing fancy, just a simple guest house!
Describe a day in the life for you.
Every day is different being a freelance photographer and that’s how I like it! Some days, I’ll have a full day photoshoot and other days, I’m behind the computer all day editing at home.
As someone who works from home, what are your tips for creating an inspiring and productive work space?
Keep clutter to a minimum and decorate with art that inspires you!
Tell us about your home. What is your favorite thing about your space?
The natural light! It’s a photographer’s dream :) That and our white concrete countertops in the kitchen.
Tell us about where you live! What do you love most about Texas?
I live in Austin but this guest house to my family’s vacation home is actually 2 and a half hour west of Austin in the Hill Country. I love all the tall grass from the dryer landscape. It’s so peaceful!
If you had to give advice to someone just starting on designing their home what would it be?
Prioritize on what is most important to you and go from there! Spend on what is at the top of the list and save as much as you an on what is at the bottom. Tons of natural light and thick walls were on the top of my list while drawers and cabinetry were lower, so we went with open cabinetry to save money.
Your home is filled with vintage and collected treasures but still feels really minimal and curated. How do you strike that balance?
I wanted it to feel minimal and curated but not cold and sterile so I knew we needed the warmth and texture of antiques that we’ve collected over the years. We didn’t force them in the space, they just felt right!
What's next for your photography business?
More fine art photography!
Describe your style in 3 words.
Earthy, Rustic, Minimal
Favorite weekend hang out in Austin?
Clarke's Oyster Bar
Favorite account to follow on Instagram?
Gallery Wall or Oversized Statement Art?
Where are you dying to travel to?
Photos by Kate Zimmerman Turpin