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). ✨💗

Guys, life is just so GOOD. 🙋🏼‍♀️ When you work with talented and creative friends who see the world the way you do...that’s when the magic happens. Revisiting this perfect weekend @ranchopillow today. I can’t wait to share it all with you guys in the @dominomag spring issue!! 👏🏼👏🏼💗✨ photo by @wynnmyers

So proud of this project. Despite the quick turnaround + a distant city @mattercreative and I knocked it out of the park! 🙌🏼🙋🏼‍♀️ FINALLY sharing more photos of @the_citizenry pop up on my site! (Link in profile) 📸 by @lindseabrown #clairezinneckerdesign + a special thanks to @denise_fuqua

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. So much is happening quickly that it’s hard to stay grounded and keep up as life whirls around me. I’m so excited and grateful for the opportunities life has handed me but so often I become consumed with self doubt and fear. I’m surrounded by people but lonely. I miss my house, family, friends and fur babies. I’m exhausted and overwhelmed with how I will manage this new season of my life and I’m terrified because honestly I have no clue. I keep holding on to the truth that nothing in my life has gone according to plan and yet has turned out so much more wonderfully than I could have dreamed. I sure thought I’d have more answers in my 30s amiright?! Hooray for venturing into the unknown! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙌🏼✨

Currently missing these two so much it hurts. Can’t wait to squeeze them to pieces in a little over a week. I’ve never been away from them this long and it’s made me realize...I’m completely and totally obsessed with my dogs....oh wait, I already knew that. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ Aren’t they the CUTEST!?!

Feeling completely surrounded by love. Everyone’s encouraging, supportive and thoughtful words mean more than you will ever know. Thank you to everyone who opened up to me. I’m so excited for each of you to continue your own journey of vulnerability. We are all in this together!!! 🙌🏼 In other news I’m totally crushing on my little kitchen today. (Though let’s be real - it’s never as clean as it is in this photo by @mollyculverphotography 💗✨) #clairezinneckerdesign

Real Reality // This is something I started challenging myself with in 2017 and wanted to continue pushing myself to pursue in 2018. The responses from you all have been BEYOND encouraging. I can’t begin to express how grateful I am for the support from each and every one of you as I go through this journey. I’ve had a post on my mind and on my heart for quite some time so after a lot of writing, talking, thinking and wise words from friends I have decided to share some really personal things. If I admit this then maybe I will push past this barrier of “perfection” that I’ve battled my entire life. If I admit this then maybe my feelings of isolation will finally be gone. If I admit this then maybe it will touch even just one of you to share something that you have been struggling with, maybe you and I can feel less alone and less isolated in our pain and maybe that's where the real healing begins. So here we go with the most vulnerable I have ever been. |||| more in my profile ||| #realrealityczd photo by my favorite @wynnmyers

LIFE UPDATE // I figured being stuck in a New York blizzard seems like an appropriate time to share some whirlwind changes in my world. I’M MOVING PART-TIME TO NEW YORK! I’ve spent the past few days settling into my darling apartment and having so many meetings about a REALLY exciting project I’ve accepted here. (so much more to share on that when I can, I can’t WAIT to fill you all in!!) I’ve kicked off 2018 with a million questions, some serious freak outs and a joyous heart. Taking this season of life day-by-day and investing in some long underwear asap! 💗✨☃️🤷🏼‍♀️

Well 2017 you have been a helluva year. You have brought heartache, tears, exhaustion, meltdowns along with so much growth, laughter and more friendships than I have made in years combined. Not gonna lie I am pretty pumped to be done with 2017 but am beyond grateful for all the experiences it gave me. I can’t wait to share with you what 2018 has in store // more honesty and real reality (thanks to the encouragement from my dear @ruthielindsey) as well as some other huge changes. As always I am so blessed by the encouragement and support from you all. Let’s face 2018 head on!!!

Not feeling particularly inspiring or in an instagram mood today. The Austin weather is bleh, I’m drained and there’s an unpleasant oder taking over my house. 😷 BUT today is the last day to visit the @the_citizenry pop up on Bleecker so I wanted to share!!! Make sure to stop by and check out what @mattercreative and I sacrificed our beauty sleep for!! I’ve LOVED seeing everyone’s photos from the space. ✨💗 #clairezinneckerdesign

I am so thankful for every day of my life. The wealth of friends, non stop travel and amazing clients are all such a blessing but sometimes the reality is I feel like life keeps whirling and I can’t keep up. So many changes are heading my way and the truth is I’m terrified. I’m exhausted and overwhelmed and just want to lay here and cuddle with my pups forever. I would never be able to tackle these challenges without the support of my family and friends and I’m sure I fail them so often. #realrealityczd /// It’s 12p and I’m in sweatpants and so happy it’s Friday!!!!!!!!!