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“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson . . I am so grateful for your sweet messages of encouragement, understanding and sharing of your own life journeys. When I was in the throes of my struggles I happened to look at another girl's Instagram...it sent me into a spiral of insecurity and self doubt. This is why I decided to start #realrealityczd ...I wanted to share with you guys the every day reality, for better or worse. I never want to make anyone feel less than because of some silly photo I share. It's just a small glimpse of my real life. We all have our own struggles - that's what makes us human and that's why we should always remember to encourage and support everyone around us. 💖

One of my favorite parts of my job is when the client turns into friend. That is definitely the case with @creativeparasol during the remodel of her balcones home. Head on over to @jenpinkston's blog to see a sneak peek of one of my favorite projects!!!! ✨ #clairezinneckerdesign //link in profile//

Reunited and it feels so good! I always hate leaving West Texas but coming home to these two stinkers makes it brighter. (also - wanna see how many mistakes it takes to get these photos? check out my insta stories 👆🏼)

New memories are the happiest 💖 I escaped to my favorite place for some much needed quiet and rest. Left my Lexus at home and my over packing self is missing her and her roomy trunk.... 😳 #czdtravels #drivenambassador

Someday we will finish this house and get it professionally photographed 🙏🏼 but until then here is a little sneak peek!!! #clairezinneckerdesign (see more in my Instagram stories! 👆🏼)

This year I challenged myself to be vulnerable, to admit that I'm not always perfect, to be okay showing that side of myself to others and to teach myself to love that messy imperfect part. It has been such an incredible journey that has led me to such happiness and so many wonderful friendships. Thanks to all of you for following along, showing support and for all the sweet likes, comments and dm's!! 💖 (photo by @ruffadventuresatx)

Typical morning at #reddoorhome. I've been working since 7a....and they've been there since 7a. I keep telling them to get jobs but they just ignore me. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Confession // most days I'm jealous of my dogs. #clairezinneckerdesign

Happy Tuesday but feels like Monday!! 😑 Since so many of you asked about my nails from last week I decided to do a fun (and easy!) nail #diy in my Instagram stories!! 👆🏼 Check it out and leave a comment below to let me know what you think! Also...isn't peony season is the best! 💖 #clairezinneckerdesign

Dressed to match the air streams yesterday in my new favorite romper from @esby_apparel ...check my Instagram to see the back! The weather was gorgeous and the wedding was so full of love. Can't go wrong with a party @ranchopillow! ✨ #czdtravels

You guys. This peanut. When I think about the life she must have had before me my heart breaks. I love my babies so hard it hurts. My life would not be complete without them. 💕 Sidenote - we are all ecstatic the sun is out!!! ☀️ #clairezinneckerdesign

I'm sure some of you have noticed that I'm trying to approach Instagram from a different perspective with my #realrealityczd stories. I'm so excited by the positive response I'm receiving!! I want everyone to understand not everything is perfect in my life (or even close to it) and that's what I think makes living so beautiful. I often feel like I'm a walking disaster and get discouraged BUT I also want to share when things are good. I've been busy updating my website (including my press page) and I'm proud of what I've accomplished. I could not have done any of it without the support of friends, family and other fabulous creatives. We have to encourage and support each other through everything. Life is not a competition. Okay. Soapbox over. ☺️🙋🏼 Photo of my little kitchen by the talented @mollyculverphotography for @dominomag #clairezinneckerdesign

Rainy weekends mean website updates! Slowly but surely I'm adding new projects to #clairezinneckerdesign including event styling and some press pieces!! ....also, do you guys remember how COLD it was during SXSW?? 😬 📸 by @mollyculverphotography

Wow! I'm loving reading everyone's responses to my Instagram story. Sounds like we need to start an Instagram support group ☺️ As a thank you for opening up to me I am sharing a photo I took 3+ years ago of one of my favorite buildings. It's since been painted over and always serves as a reminder to stop and enjoy the pretty things in life because you never know how long they will be around! 💕🌿✨

Happiest Mother's Day to the lady who has always encouraged me to be creative, be outside and be myself. Grateful isn't an adequate word to describe how thankful I am to have you in my life. Love you mama @katewz. Happy Mother's Day to all the amazing ladies out there! 💕

Happy Friday!!!! Guys, I am overwhelmed by all the sweet texts, messages, emails and calls about my health. I'm slowly getting better and am hoping to get some greenbelt time tomorrow to enjoy this incredible weather if my body allows! For everyone who I haven't answered yet (work or personal) I promise I'm trying to get to you asap! I can most certainly say I am not good with being forced to slow down but my health and body definitely decided it was time to take a break. Until I can take some new fun photos here's one of me looking pensive (and not sick!) on my sofa. Hope you all have a restful and wonderful weekend!!! 📸 by @mollyculverphotography for @urbanoutfitters.

2017 has definitely thrown some hurdles my way but when I take a step back and really look at what this year has brought me I can't help but be thankful. It is not even halfway through the year and I have already conquered so many of my resolutions. I've challenged myself multiple times to speak in public (yikes!!), I've designed event spaces, I've traveled to two countries, I'm designing a jewelry line and a rug 👏🏼 and have gained more friendships in 3 months than I did all of last year. Sometimes the good is overshadowed by the bad but if you take step back you can see how wonderful life really is. ✨💕 #clairezinneckerdesign

Still can't get over how magical yesterday was. The weather, the venue, the decor, the people and most importantly the bride and groom made last night go from a traditional wedding to an incredible celebration of love. I can't believe this beauty is married. Please hurry back to Austin!!! 👯👯💕 #standbayouman

In honor of J+A's wedding weekend I thought I'd do a little throw back to the time of kitten mania at #reddoorhome....I like to think these little cuties played a big role in my two friends falling in love. 💕

I've been having quite a few conversations lately about the reality (or rather false reality) of the world of Instagram. I'm always so surprised when I see people and they say "you just live the perfect life, you are doing so well! I'm so jealous, etc etc". Don't get me wrong, I am incredibly thankful for my life and wouldn't change a thing but please know that what you see online is NOT my whole life. What I chose to share are the pretty moments, the inspiring moments. I don't share the hard times, the times I'm stressed and the times I feel like the world is crumbling around me. This is why I started the "real reality behind Instagram" series on Instagram stories. I hope to share a glimpse of the not so pretty times. The times my house is a mess, I haven't showered or I make a design mistake. "Comparison is the thief of joy", don't let yourself go down the rabbit hole of social media comparison. I promise you, no one's life is as sparkly as it appears. 💕✨ #clairezinneckerdesign photo by @mollyculverphotography

Pulling myself out of the post weekend fog and getting back to reality. So excited to announce the winner of the @lexusoflakeway + @boutique_stonelake contest!!! Congrats to @atxmamacass!! So so happy to get to help you with your house. Thank you everyone who entered! So fun to see all the enthusiastic responses and get a glimpse into your homes. 💕 #clairezinneckerdesign #drivenambassador

Had a blast talking table styling and party prep today with @natalieparamore @texasmonthly. Thanks @toyotausa and @austinfoodwine for having us!! #clairezinneckerdesign

Guys!!! Today is the LAST DAY to enter the contest!! I'm loving the submissions you all are posting. 💕 If you haven't entered yet DO IT NOW! //////// You can win a 2 hour consult by me for a room in your home + a home decor package from @boutique_stonelake + an invite to an exclusive brunch at @lexusoflakeway on May 7th!! Here are the rules: 1) take a photo of the space in your home you want me to help design 2) hashtag #designmyspaceclaire 3) tag + follow @clairezinnecker and @boutique_stonelake. Ready, set, GO!!!! #drivenambassador #clairezinneckerdesign 📸 by @mollyculverphotography

Interview up today with @space24twenty + @urbanoutfitters!!!! 🙋🏼✨ Thanks @mollyculverphotography for making me feel pretty and thanks @crissyfish for including me!! // link in profile // #clairezinneckerdesign