Hump day post time! In the midst of battling the summer blues (ie seriously struggling to get into a work groove) I’m also trying to wrap my head around remodeling Ida, my new old home. Note I still have to // move her, get power, get water, get a roof, etc (just to name a few things) instead of working towards my ever growing to do list I’m looking at past photos of my freshly remodeled kitchen and wishing it was this sparkling clean currently. Let’s just pretend it is. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I am loving everyone’s response to my #realrealityczd stories today! It is so helpful to know that we all are going through struggles. Just remember it’s how we face these challenges and come out the other side that shapes us and helps us to grow. Feel all the feelings that come with this, the pain, the sadness, the anger, the joy, don’t run or distract from these emotions. I don’t know much but I know today I’m happy and excited for tomorrow and that feels just peachy to me! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To quote F. Scott Fitzgerald (or Eric Roth, apparently there’s debate on this). “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” -A Curious Case of Benjamin Button ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @mollyculverphotography for @dominomag #clairezinneckerdesign

If you can’t tell by the absurdly large smile on my face, I am the happiest when I am outdoors. I feel completely and fully myself when I’m in nature. It reminds me to slow down, be present and grateful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This year has been a year of unlearning for me. The more I discover the more I realize how far I have to go and I have never been more excited for the journey. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This or something better is how I’m approaching life and I am content in the knowledge that this is exactly where I’m supposed to be.

Today marks SEVEN years since I brought this Emma nugget into our family. After she showed up one afternoon in my alley I spent a month feeding her and watching her from afar. She was terrified and in bad shape. Slowly but surely I gained her trust and she let me get close enough to pet her. I was hooked. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It hasn’t been an easy journey and required a lot of work and patience as she learned how to give and receive love. As I gained her trust she stole my heart (and the heart of everyone she meets) and my fur family can’t imagine life without her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rescue animals aren’t always the easiest but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I truly think she saved me more than I saved her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (Real reality she’s trying to get a treat out of my hands because she was NOT feeling a self timer photoshoot today). #clairezinneckerdesign #adoptdontshop

SO I wrote this post yesterday and then life happened and I forgot to share. Minus the fact that it’s not raining today it still all rings true so I’m gonna post it now instead! #realrealityczd ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today I woke up with heavy anxiety. After a weekend of fun and friends I was shocked by these feelings and despite attempting all my go-to standard anti-anxiety tricks I just couldn’t shake it. I knew forcing myself to be active would be a last ditch effort to turn this Monday around and after a few hours of trying to tackle emails I threw on my sneaks, leashed up Emma and headed out to get some exercise/gain some perspective. The sprinkling afternoon mist turned into a heavy shower when I was halfway from home, 20 minutes out, and I was without any sort of rain gear. Within 5 minutes I was soaked. I looked down at Em and just started laughing, much to my surprise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I spoke with a friend yesterday about time, about finding the beauty in the unexpected moments in life because the truth is that is all we have, the here and now, and so that is what I did. I let myself fully experience the moment I was in : the rain drenching my shirt, my shoes, my hair. The patterns it made as it rushed along the curb, grabbing leaves and sticks along the way. I allowed myself to be still and present in the moment and truly feel. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The reality of it all is I am incredibly unsure. I question my decisions, personally and professionally, every day. GUYS I BOUGHT A HOUSE LAST WEEK I’M SO FREAKED OUT. I stress about the past, try to control the future and end up in a ball of anxiety. When I stop and remind myself to just BE in the here and now, to connect with friends and cherish the present I am full of such gratitude and joy. Life is so rich if we just wake up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both.” Brene Brown • photo by @ransomashley

Today I decided to buy a house. Walked in, fell in love and purchased. This early 1900s baby is leaving its east Austin home and moving out to the land. She needs love and work and time and omg I just bought another house. Truly I’m terrified and excited and have absolutely no clue what I’m doing but that’s pretty much been the over arching theme of my life and so far I feel great about it. Can’t wait to share the journey of this rehab with you all! Now what to name her...?🤔✨😱🙋🏼‍♀️ #clairezinneckerdesign

Summertime feels. I am home in Austin for about 2 weeks, longer than I have been in quite some time. As I often do with this much time in one place I begin to get antsy, wondering how I will fill that many days and also worried I won’t get to do everything I want. // It’s stretches like these that I am reminded of how dear my friendships are. Even if weeks or months have passed the friends I have chosen to hold close ALWAYS show up. As I move along this journey of learning to truly know myself my friendships, the forever ones, just grow stronger and richer. // Another pretty Instagram post to get us through Wednesday! #clairezinneckerdesign photo by @wynnmyers @hanks.austin

It’s a Wednesday so this feels necessary to get me thru it. Currently dreaming up my next trip to Oaxaca and wishing it was TOMORROW. 🌵 #czdtravels #clairezinneckerdesign

Today has been a MONDAY. Everything took twice as long as planned, I didn’t open emails until about 2:00p and I threw away my credit card in a trash can at a gas station and had to fish it out. 🙈 BUT I did get to finally photograph all my favorite bathrooms at a dear client’s house. I figured you might need a crappy iPhone bathroom pic to get you through the rest of this day. It definitely cheered me up!! Can’t wait to show more. 🙋🏼‍♀️✨ #clairezinneckerdesign // architecture: @furtex // construction: @cleantagllc // interiors: @clairezinnecker

Friday morning real reality. A few weeks ago I did a fun shoot for my Nova collab collection with @limbojewelry. The problem with photographing jewelry is that it means posting close up photos of myself, something I am terrified of. When I see a photo of myself all I see are the things I would edit : my nose, my eye color, my height, my crooked smile, my skin, etc etc., exposing something I have spent 2019 really trying to change. Learning to truly KNOW that I am ENOUGH. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ Guys, we are in a world where social media is controlling the way we view ourselves and our world. This morning I read an article saying that suicide rates for girls 10-14 are rising. This is not okay. The terrifying part of this is that I could have easily been a part of this statistic. I was anonymously bullied throughout my entire high school experience. I developed serious depression as well as an eating disorder. I was so embarrassed that I barely told anyone about it and forced myself to try my best to operate normally but inside I was slowly shriveling up. Through hard work and a small but loving support system, I found my way out of it, but so many can’t. This conversation is so personal and important to me. Every human is incredibly special, beautiful, and unique. How are we so blinded that we have forgotten how to see ourselves and others through a lens of love? ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ The journey to self love is a long one but it goes hand in hand with the journey to love others. How can we give and receive love if we don’t know how to love ourselves? If you are hurting tell someone. If you see someone hurting, reach out. Life is just too short. This is another reason I love my relationship with Limbo, who values and celebrates inclusion so well. @littlelimboatx 📸 by @philipitis

Instagram typically shows the glamorous side of my job (because let’s face it, pretty pictures are fun!) but most days are hectic, non-stop and filled with fires that need to be put out. Some days (like today) I forget to get out of my pjs because I’m so focused on answering emails and taking calls. It’s a never ending and exhausting career choice but when I’m gifted projects like @thecommune.atx where I get to work with my friends ( @huntarchitecture @creativeparasol @ransomashley @brittanycooperhunt @petrifieddesign ) to design such a special place I get a reality check of how lucky I truly am. If you are still reading this, you rock, and thanks to YOU for the constant support in this weird social media world we live in. xo #clairezinneckerdesign 📸 by @mollyculverphotography

It might be a few years until I find the time (and money!) to build my dream home on my land but that doesn’t stop a girl from dreaming. I have been crushing on @kate_zim_turpin ‘s house for a long time and the love affair continues. I mean come ON, look at it, it’s drool worthy! Photos by @kate_zim_turpin + @sanetrastew for #ripandtan @jennikayne

•• Celebrates the earth everyday •• •••••• As you might have seen from my stories, I just returned from the most magical vacation (yes! I took a vacation!!!) to Costa Rica. •••••• Pura Vida “Pure Life” is the slogan of the small surf town of Nosara. And for good reason as this unassuming dirt road town with its one ATM is actually more environmentally and health forward in its thinking than many cities in Texas. •••••• Nosara is home to protected beaches, multiple wildlife refuges and we even stumbled upon a group having a tree planting ceremony on the path to surf. A few years back a group of concerned residents started the Recycling and Education Center for Nosara and the #noplasticnosara movement. •••••• As someone who geeks out over any and every random plant and creature I find I was beyond impressed and inspired to see such drive to protect the world we all need. Adventure always, travel often and #earthday everyday. Photo by my friend and travel buddy @jessiekatz @harmonyhotel

R E A L I T Y C H E C K (for me!) I’ve been really struggling to find a balance between a healthy amount of work and too much work. The beginning of the year often brings a lull in jobs and I start to panic instead of being present and enjoying a “slower” season. Now that things have picked back up in full force I jump immediately to feeling overwhelmed instead of appreciating the work. Self employment is definitely a balancing act of stillness and business, of saying yes and saying no, and it’s a lesson I am CONSTANTLY learning. How do you guys give yourselves a time to rest and reenergize while still working enough to pay your bills (and even have enough to save!?) I would love to hear! 🙏🏼✨ photo by @creativeparasol @thecommune.atx, a fun project we are finally finishing!!! (Tap for the folks involved in making the space what it is today!) #clairezinneckerdesign

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!! Round Top is right around the corner and I am thrilled to adventure, explore and shop. Follow along on my stories to see what I’m finding and where I’m shopping. Round 1 starts this Friday!!! ✨💃🏼#clairezinneckerdesign

HAPPY MONDAY! Another day another project....slowly but surely I’m adding finished spaces to the website! Hop on over and take a look to see more from the model unit I designed for @fifthandwest! Let me know whatcha think. I had a blast with this one (truthfully I really wanted to just move in!) I used a lot of local finds, vintage finds and some great makers. xx #clairezinneckerdesign 📸 by @mollyculverphotography //link to all the pics in my profile!//

This past Saturday marked year 4 of #clairezinneckerdesign officially being my full time gig!! To celebrate I didn’t get on email ONCE all weekend. I relaxed, rested and spent time at home and with friends. I think my body realized a break was here and decided to take advantage because now I’m under the weather. 😷 ••••••• I spent about a year and a half of working hard while treating CZD as a side hustle before I decided to take the terrifying leap into full time self employment. Truthfully? Some days are amazing and I feel on top of the world while others just plain suck. #realrealityczd •••••• These past two years I have had to check myself a lot and go back to why I decided to start my own company. If something isn’t bringing me joy then I need to really examine its place in my life. I’m teaching myself the power of “no”. Woof... it is not easy! This roller coaster is never ending but today I would say that it’s WORTH IT!! •••••• Photo by @mollyculverphotography at one of my most recently completed projects. ✨💗

GUESS WHAT? The sun is out!!! I’m currently buried in work and just trying to remember to breathe but lemme tell you that this sunshine makes things 100000x better. Hope you all are having a fabulous Tuesday!

This has been one of my “top pins” on Pinterest for months now so I figured it deserved a spot on my feed! Designing @hanks.austin is still one of proudest accomplishments. I feel like a proud mama whenever I see your posts from here!! I’m beyond lucky to get to work with the coolest clients that become fast friends not to mention an incredible team of creatives! 🧡 photo by @wynnmyers #clairezinneckerdesign

FINALLY!!! You guys have been asking and I’m excited to say that my #czxlg pillows are back in stock!!!!! I can’t believe how quickly they sold out when we launched. I’m SO grateful to all of you for your constant and continued support. To celebrate the occasion here’s a fun pic from my photoshoot with @luluandgeorgia + @mollyculverphotography (currently I’m in half pjs/half workout clothes but pretending I’m dressed all nice like in this photo!!) #realrealityczd #clairezinneckerdesign // Now get online and shop shop SHOP before they sell out again! ✨🙏🏼💗

My mom told me today I need to post more so here I am trying to do just that (again)! I’ve been going so nonstop that I have fallen behind on documenting what I’m working on in the design world so until I get some things professionally photographed this iPhone photo will have to do!!! I was too excited to share so I didn’t even have the patience to wait until the art is properly hung. 🙈 Oh and the decorative branches are dead too. Real reality is ALLLLL over this photo. A little living room vignette from my recent model unit project with @fifthandwest #clairezinneckerdesign #realrealityczd

Truth:  I LOVE living on my own. I have my routine, my way to organize everything, my food in the fridge and the dishwasher is always loaded the way I like. I consider myself pretty fortunate. However, living alone can also be scary even with my pups (and guard cat) but with the @honeywell_home Smart Home Security System in place, I never have to feel unsafe!I With the starter kit along with the outdoor motionviewer, indoor motion sensor and indoor motionviewer I sleep soundly, travel confidently and (THE BEST PART?!) I can check in and see how my fur babies are doing when I'm not home! #realrealityczd it took us close to an hour to pose for this shot!! xoxo and stay safe! #ad #honeywellhome (link in bio)

Truth:  I LOVE living on my own. I have my routine, my way to organize everything, my food in the fridge and the dishwasher is always loaded the way I like. I consider myself pretty fortunate. However, living alone can also be scary even with my pups (and guard cat) but with the @honeywell_home Smart Home Security System in place, I never have to feel unsafe!I With the starter kit along with the outdoor motionviewer, indoor motion sensor and indoor motionviewer I sleep soundly, travel confidently and (THE BEST PART?!) I can check in and see how my fur babies are doing when I'm not home! #realrealityczd it took us close to an hour to pose for this shot!! xoxo and stay safe! #ad #honeywellhome (link in bio)

GUYS! Apparently I’ve already failed my resolution to post at least once a week so here’s my feeble attempt to start again! This week I’m continuing with the “self-care” goal I set for 2019. ___________________ Two facts about me: 1. I hate makeup and 2. I am so awkward in front of the camera. Honestly? I could get away with both things until the joy that comes with being a woman (hormones) started taking over. I’m talking about SKIN and all the delightful little issues that come with it. ___________________ I struggle with so many health problems due to my disease and surgeries, and a lot of them affected more internally than I even realized. This includes some serious hormone imbalances. When this condition called melasma (dark spots caused by hormones!!) took over I was devastated. Being on camera and TV (and hating makeup) I felt incredibly insecure about how I looked. Every doctor I went to just said to “stay out of the sun” hello I’m a sunshine girl!!!! So when I finally talk to Dr. Tomc @westlakedermatology about it (and by that I mean when I cried to her about it, real reality) and suggested the cosmelan mask, I wasn’t super optimistic. It WORKED!!! My face felt so fresh and as soft as a baby’s bottom! Not only that but it helps with so much more than melasma. Although it’s not a forever fix, it was a life saver for me. I cannot say enough about Westlake Dermatology or Dr. Tomc. She has pretty much become my therapist and my friend. I’m now following up with the Clear & Brilliant treatments and have never been happier about being in front of the camera!!! (photo by @burgoonytoons )

This year I plan to dedicate more time to this 👆🏼// exploring new places. A huge part of “self-care” for me is to travel : to adventure to a new city and leave feeling rejuvenated, refreshed and INSPIRED. Inspiration is key when working in the world of design. Discovering the unknown and meeting strangers who quickly become friends gives me so much life. 🌵#clairezinneckerdesign #czdtravels (photo by my friend, Jeremy, who I met on this trip.)

I have no freakin clue how this year is almost over. At a dinner last week @jenpinkston asked us what our New Years resolutions were and I had the shocking realization that 2019 is upon us! I’m not much of a NYE resolutions gal but I do like to make personal (and professional, duh ima 3 on the enneagram) goals for myself. I typically check in and make new ones every 3-6 months. That being said I have NO CLUE what they are for this year but I can tell you I plan to have them sorted out next week and will share with you guys then!! ___________________ Any tips or suggestions? What are your life goals for 2019? I love hearing from everyone so please share share share!! ___________________ Rugs are from my #czxlg rug collab with @luluandgeorgia (personal 2018 goal ✔️!!!!!!!!), photo by @reallykindofamazing and location at always my favorite west Texas getaway @lamisticamarfa 🌵 ✨