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REAL REALITY and a really long post!! 😱I wrote this as I was vacuuming up muddy paw prints, plant dirt and a lot of dog hair from a freshly cleaned house. Here’s the truth // I battle anxiety. Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Do people even think I’m talented? I want to be alone and I want to be surrounded by people. Why am I not doing with that person is doing? Am I ever going to find a partner in life? Do I even want to handle the challenges that come with finding a partner in life? Are people going to “like” what I share? //////: Guys the thoughts in my head are ridiculous and exhausting. ////// So how do you cope with this? I would love to hear yours tips!! Right now my favorites are listening to music, spending time with family and friends, going on long walks and nesting in both of my houses. I just put a new nightstand in my bedroom and hung my headboard (thanks dad for encouraging me to do this). I’ll hopefully show you that in the next few days since currently my sheets are being cleaned due to more muddy 🐾 . ////// I’m not writing this for reassurance. I’m hoping that this post will make those of you with anxiety and self-doubt know you are not alone!! More and more I realize the value of just being grateful for every little thing. Today I’m grateful for these two messy pups, sunshine and the ability to go outside and enjoy it which I’m going to do right now!

When you realize it’s been a week since you’ve posted because things have just been too non stop. These past two weeks I have felt every emotion possible and I am spent. Instagram used to be my safe space to share beauty and lately it has just felt intimidating and daunting to me. Taking this next week in Austin to reset. This is me coming up for air. 🙏🏼✨ #clairezinneckerdesign

Can’t stop won’t stop. Even though I’m filming in New York I’m still tackling projects in Austin and beyond! This baby boutique is getting close to being finished and I’m pretty excited about how it’s turning out. My client has been a dream and also has become a dear friend. I’m so proud of her! @alexajamesbaby is open and you have to go see, say hi and shop!!! #clairezinneckerdesign

Long post here we gooooo!!!! // Lately I have been going harder than I ever have in my life (and that’s saying a lot because I typically go pretty hard!) I put my head down and power thru despite my exhaustion and insecurity because I fear if I look up I might break down. Last night driving home from Connecticut I let myself feel and I cried the embarrassing sort of cry with all the blubbering and nose blowing that comes along with it. I started talking to my sweet driver, basically telling him my whole life story. He listened quietly till I finished sniffling thru it and then told me kindly that this is an incredible once in a lifetime experience and I should be proud and enjoy the ride. He told me I was talented and kind and lovely and should be confident in that. Life is what you make of it and I needed to surround myself with friends and relationships who support me during the good and tough times. It was the exact reminder I needed // to seek joy, celebrate the exciting work I’m doing and appreciate those who stand by me even when I’m a total emotional stress case. Simply put to LIVE my life each day and not just power thru it. Thanks to all of you for everything. You have no idea how grateful I am for every kind comment and message even if I can’t answer them all! 💗

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone for their sweet notes and words about showing my scars. I was so nervous to share this part of me and feel incredibly grateful and encouraged to be surrounded with such support. For everyone else who is struggling with any physical image battles which some of you have shared with me already just know that it will surprise you how amazing it feels to show vulnerability. Counting down the days till I’m back in this bright happy spot! Photo of @hanks.austin by my dear @wynnmyers ✨#clairezinneckerdesign #realrealityczd

This will be the longest stretch I’ve ever been away from my pups and I’m really struggling. After long days on set all I want is to curl up on the sofa with these two stinkers. I’m eagerly counting down the days until I get back to Austin to squeeze them. I never realized at 31 I would be this homesick....but with those two furry faces how could you not be??? 😍 #clairezinneckerdesign

GUYS!!! I cannot begin to thank you for all of your encouraging and supportive words. It’s so comforting to remember so many of us are in the same boat and to know I’m surrounded by such community. The self-employment roller coaster is a constant but remembering to lean on others and find joy in the present is the way I want to live. Sun is out, flowers are in bloom and I’m in shorts!!! LIFE IS GOOD. 💗✨🙋🏼‍♀️ #clairezinneckerdesign

I’ve been having quite a few sleepless nights. As a self employed single girl I’m always battling the constant “what’s next?” fear. When I wrap filming and head back to Austin I’m so so excited to be with my friends, family, clients and pups but I’m also terrified. Will I have enough design work? Will I be okay when my days aren’t non stop? Will I be able to pay my bills? Will I miss New York too much? etc etc....My mind can be my worst enemy. Each time I see the dark cloud of fear come my way I try to remind myself that things have ALWAYS BEEN OKAY....I can only love each day as it comes and be present and grateful in that. 💗✨ Photo by @wynnmyers of @hanks.austin #clairezinneckerdesign

I haven’t posted many project progress photos because I’m scared that it doesn’t seem instaworthy. I went back through my old posts and loved all the images of my work in progress. It tells the true story of how the spaces are created. Plus I’m pretty proud of how this one is coming together. I love what I do and love to share it! So excited to see this one completed SOON! Work and photo by @petrifieddesign ...custom furniture and remodel design by me!! #clairezinneckerdesign

Happiest wedding week to my favorite travel buddy. It was hard to find a normal photo of you since you love to make any photo the best kind of awkward. 😆💗 We’ve seen so many new places and had some.....interesting times...random late nights in Tulum, secret beaches in Sayulita, numerous boating adventures, getting knocked off a huge rock by a wave in Nicaragua and much much more. Being thankful for you is an understatement. Can’t wait to celebrate this new adventure with you sooooooon! Don’t worry - awkward photos will be appearing all week in my stories. 😘

I’m back in New York and already feeling a little homesick (missing these two babes like whoa!) BUT it’s warm and sunny which makes things better. What better way to celebrate this weather than to join @outdoorvoices for something big! Tomorrow they launch their running collection and have dropped “trail shops” all over. Run, walk or hike with your friends to shop one yourself TOMORROW! Get outside and treat yo’self. #runwithov

An oldie but a goodie. Life constantly changes but forever friends are always there. So thankful for one of my bests @katestaffordphoto. We are basically the same person. (Most think we are sisters). Known her since I was five and will know her forever!! ....and some #realrealityczd for you. I left the ER to make it to this wedding even tho the doctor did NOT want me to...🤷🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️

When I bought my little home in 2007 (yes almost 11 years ago!! 😬) I never thought I’d still be living in it. I planned to sell it and be living in something bigger, perhaps something in another state, like California. ANYTHING but this little 1930s house with all its quirks and desperate need for renovations I still can’t afford or find the time to do....NOTHING in life has gone according to plan and I am so happy for that!!! Now more than ever when I come home from New York I am so thankful for my little house with its leaks and cracks and age. I love it because it’s home and it’s MINE (and I think it’s pretty dang cute too!) So so thankful. 💗

So apparently I’m really sucking at the Instagram posting lately. With my life the way it is I rarely have time to take an “Instagram worthy” photo....but today I’m in Austin and I saw friends and it’s warm and I wore a dress and my legs saw the sunshine and I snuggled my pups so I’d say that’s reason enough to post a happy sort of photo! 💁🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♀️ (photo by @natalieparamore and dress by @mirthcaftans !) #clairezinneckerdesign

Dear New York, you are winning my heart quickly....if you would just get warm I think we’d be best friends!! In all honesty this back and forth has been hard. I feel like my life is in a constant state of limbo. Trying to just focus on each day and remain present in that. Spent Sunday exploring a flea market with a friend in the sun and feeling pretty pleased with my finds. ☺️✨💁🏼‍♀️ (behind the scenes video of making this photo in my stories!) #clairezinneckerdesign

GUYS! I love love love seeing everyone’s photos from last night’s soft opening!!!! Starting SATURDAY @hanks.austin will be *soft* open to the public so go and see and taste for yourself! (Pic of the sweetest outdoor nook by @jessiekatz) #clairezinneckerdesign ⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ ⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️⚪️ Soft Open Cafe Hours: 7-4 (Lunch served 11-4) Restaurant and Bar Soft open: Sunday- Thursday 4-10 Friday & Saturday 4- 12

Okay I can’t wait for a fancy photo to post this. I’m just too excited!!!!! GUYS, I have been working on @hanks.austin for almost a year and a half and can’t believe it’s finally a reality. I’m so proud of the end result and so thankful to be a part of such a fun and amazing team. DREAMS DREAMS DREAMS! #clairezinneckerdesign

Confession // I leave again tomorrow and it feels like I just got home. My heart is breaking thinking about leaving my pups again. I always have so many expectations for my short trips in Austin and I usually only manage to do about 1/4 of them. I wanted to do a cute shoot with these two but I’ve been sick and gross and running around all week so here’s my weak attempt. We are all a mess and the house is destroyed but I’m here and I’m happy and that’s hopefully enough for instagram today. 💗✨ #clairezinneckerdesign

I’ve been trying to figure out the right words to say to express the gratefulness I feel to your overwhelmingly supportive response to my most recent news. It truly is humbling to see how surrounded I am with encouragement. For a few years I have been working toward an opportunity to create a program to support, encourage and teach the younger generations. To empower girls to realize their strength in themselves and in each other. To share my own painful experiences and help others grow through it. Today here I am : using my passion for design and DIYs while meeting numerous families, learning their stories and teaching girls (and boys!) that we all are unique and special and talented and ALWAYS operate better as a unified team.

“Courage is the most IMPORTANT of all virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” -Maya Angelou /// I’ve been thinking a lot about what courage means to me. It’s a constant challenge and often failure as I strive to show my true self, strive to face negativity head on, strive to venture into the unknown, strive to handle the grown up world as a single girl, strive to achieve in a male dominated work environment and strive to (gasp) admit when I am lacking. I try to take it day by day and surround myself with those who encourage me along this journey. How do you define courage?

GUYS! I got the final samples of my rugs from my collaboration with @luluandgeorgia !!!!!!!! I’m beyond thrilled and grateful and excited and basically freaking out over them! Stay tuned for more deets soon! (AND....there will be pillows coming too!!!) 🤭🤗😆🙋🏼‍♀️ #clairezinneckerdesign ALSO a behind the scenes video from this shoot in my stories! 🙌🏼

My fur babies informed me that I missed the boat on national pet day. Let’s be real. I’m OBSESSED with my pets. I had to remind them that EVERY day is national pet day in our house. I miss them so much it hurts. A life without pets is no life at all in my opinion!!! Can’t wait to get home and squeeze those faces. #clairezinneckerdesign

This time last year I was just getting out of a serious relationship. I was completely devastated. I couldn’t see out of the dark hole I was in. I made a decision to stay single for a year. I was determined to discover who I was. I wanted to focus on bettering myself, finding joy and understanding contentment. This year I fell in love. I fell in love with myself, my family and my friends. I fell in love with life. I am so grateful for the highs and the lows reality throws at me because I know that I can handle it. I am happier now than I ever have been. I hope you all spend today showing and receiving love from those you cherish. #clairezinneckerdesign

The moment you walk into a completed space that has gone from design to actuality. Makes every hour spent beyond worth it. So proud of this collaboration with the amazing team @hsuoffice. Go see for yourself @therefineryatx !! #clairezinneckerdesign

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” Maya Angelou /// What was your New Years resolution? Mine was to say thank you. Thank you to the person who helped me out today, thank you to the friend for checking in, thank you to the guy who wasn’t interested in me, thank you to the client who didn’t choose me to design their project. There is a reason to be grateful for everything. As challenging as it is, making your first action in any situation to be grateful forces you to examine that situation in a different light. To see it with new eyes. To realize there is a reason that things worked out the way they did and to make those reasons a positive. Today I’m grateful for my uncle - who encouraged and inspired me to pursue my design dreams (and also is the owner of this perfect bathroom). ✨💗