•• 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 🌵 ✨

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. I’ve been making some big decisions personally and professionally and have been focusing so much on that I haven’t had the energy to share updates here. ___________________ Real talk // I don’t handle change well. As a 3 on the enneagram I’m GREAT at pretending I do but the reality is I am so scared of making the wrong move. I constantly have to take time to breath and re-teach myself to let go of control...things have never gone according to plan and it’s always worked out for the best. My biggest challenge? Admitting I don’t have it all figured out....I don’t think I even have 10% of it figured out honestly. ___________________ Life is exciting and terrifying right but from my experience that’s when it’s at its best. Hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon! As always I am beyond grateful for this encouraging and supportive social media world. #clairezinneckerdesign

This year has been such a whirlwind of work and travel. Being home is something that just wasn’t a reality for me and was something I took for granted. I’m currently at home for 3 weeks in a row which is the longest amount of time I’ve been here ALL YEAR! I forgot how therapeutic it is for me to not go go go. I’m having a love affair with my little home. I’ve been working around the house, finishing projects, clearing out closets and being a hermit and I’m the happiest!! (the pups are pretty pleased too) Feeling thankful for the roof over my head.✨🙋🏼‍♀️🔨🍁🌵🏠🙏🏼 #clairezinneckerdesign

My kitchen is used more for photos than for cooking nowadays 🤣 ///// Last week I turned another year older. Looking back on what this past year has given to me I feel joy, gratitude, contentment and (#realrealityczd) exhaustion. This year I hosted a TV show with @universalkids , created my second jewelry line with @limbojewelry and launched MY FIRST EVER rug collab with @luluandgeorgia (shop this rug and MORE through the link in my profile #czxlg)! I keep typing and re-typing the words to describe how I feel but I can’t seem to find any that adequately capture how completely full of gratitude I am to be able to live this life. It’s not always an easy journey but it’s MINE. I know I say this often but I am so thankful for all the support and encouragement I receive from strangers and friends alike. Hoping you all have the time to be still and be grateful for the good things in your lives! #clairezinneckerdesign

GUYS! A lot of you have been asking about my recent posts and I’m so excited to finally share that I’ve partnered with Facebook Marketplace to curate items for an entire home in Austin! We’re hosting Open House by Facebook Marketplace to show you guys the amazing items you can find in your local community. The best part? Items in the house are for sale and have unique stories from sellers. Some of these items have been passed down from generation to generation and have a lovely story to share. The grand opening is TODAY! Come by to say hi and explore local finds through Saturday (11/10). Proceeds for any of the items purchased at the house will be a direct contribution to Foundation Communities, a local nonprofit. #FacebookMarketplace #MarketplacePaidPartner #clairezinneckerdesign //Link in profile!//

When I decided to stay in my hometown of Austin for college, I made a promise to myself to travel as often as time and money would allow. I wanted to make sure that I continue to learn and absorb inspiration from all parts of the world. ___________________ What I didn’t realize then is how much travel also teaches me to step outside of myself. In a time when there is so much hate in our world I am humbled by how I am received with such warmth and kindness from strangers in other cultures. From a rug vendor to a gentleman at the lunch table next to me I feel surrounded by acceptance. The sights and sounds here in Oaxaca are incredible but what I am taking away from it all is the reminder to give love to everyone I meet. #czdadventures #clairezinneckerdesign

Confession : I’m a huge dreamer. For better or worse I’ve planned grand plans for myself ever since I was little and hold myself (way too strictly) to them whether it be for my personal or professional life. ___________________ When I turned 30 I had some of my plans start to disappear from the timeline I set for my life and I was devastated and confused. ___________________ Shortly after I met @philipitis from @limbojewelry who pitched the idea of a jewelry collaboration. Product design had always been a dream of mine but one that had only materialized through my DIYs. ___________________ Fast forward to less than a month before I turn 32 and I’m designing my SECOND jewelry line with Limbo that is officially for sale TOMORROW!! Guys I’m beyond excited about these pieces and can’t wait to share the Nova Collection with you all. ___________________ Dream big, work hard, but go easy on yourself....sometimes failed plans are the best sort of plans. ✨💗 #clairezinneckerdesign #fashion #jewelry

This sister came into my life years ago but our true friendship started at a time when I was completely broken. We met for coffee and she SAW me - past my perfectionist exterior, past my “everything is fine” front - she saw me and she loved me regardless. Her unwavering love, support, encouragement and compassion has carried me through some tough seasons and I’m in constant awe that somehow she is capable of showing this love to EVERYONE. I learn from her daily and hope some day to have even a bit of the empathy and selflessness that she has. I will never get tired of waking up to texts from her that simply read “you are loved you are loved” I’m so thankful to know you sweet @ruthielindsey (my style twin) Happy happy birthday Ruthie you are truly so special and YOU are so LOVED!!

I’ve been trying to find the right words to adequately express how grateful and loved I feel after this past week but keep coming up short. ___________________ To speak candidly, I was so nervous for this launch with @luluandgeorgia . Putting myself out there creatively introduces emotional vulnerability....something I try to shield myself from more often than not. ___________________ The encouragement, positive response and incredible support makes me feel so loved and known and I just want to thank every single one of you for the texts, emails, messages and shares. It means the world, truly. Thank you!!!!! ___________________ #clairezinneckerdesign #czxlg //link to shop in profile!!!// photo by @mollyculverphotography

TODAY’S THE DAY!!!!! When I graduated college in 2009 with no design job offer in sight I felt like my world was falling apart. My “plan” was a no go and I saw myself as a complete failure. I moved in with my parents, worked for as many designers as would hire me and let go of my “plan”. ___________________ I launched #clairezinneckerdesign in 2013 still completely confused about where my life was going. (I was SO clueless...I googled “how to create a business” numerous times...) I took a deep breath and plunged into life as a business owner. ___________________ Now I’ve celebrated my 5 year anniversary of owning #clairezinneckerdesign and today I’m announcing the LAUNCH OF MY RUG COLLECTION with @luluandgeorgia !!! Never in my life did I imagine this crazy wild journey to take me here. I’m so humbled to be surrounded by such encouragement and so many like-minded people. My life didn’t follow ANY of my plans and I couldn’t be happier about it. ___________________ Now it’s time for you guys to SHOP the collection, SHARE with friends and family and TAG #czxlg so we can see how you styled your piece!!!! // link in profile // EEEEEPPP PINCH ME THIS CAN’T BE REAL! (and yes I’m posting this vignette again because I love it!!!)

I’m not even sure what day or month it is but I do know that next week I’ll be in LA (woohoooo!) to celebrate the launch of my collection with @luluandgeorgia !! Come party with me and the L&G team!! It will definitely be a pinch me moment! rsvp in the link in my profile 💁🏼‍♀️ DREAMSSSS #czxlg #clairezinneckerdesign 📸 by @mollyculverphotography OH and make sure to head on over to L&G to shop the whole collection!

The pre-order response to my collection with @luluandgeorgia has been INCREDIBLE!!!! I feel so supported and loved and thankful. If you haven’t yet, head over to the link in my profile and order your favorite rug or pillow or BOTH today!!!! I’ll love you forever ! 😉✨💗🙋🏼‍♀️ #czxlg #clairezinneckerdesign // photo by @mollyculverphotography