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I’ve decided to join the camp of folks who are kicking off 2020 in February! I made some wonderful plans to get organized, stay on a strict schedule, work out more, etc. etc., but after being sick for over a month my new goal is just making it through the day without breaking down. My brain hurts and my body is tired! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ✨Some of my 2020 business goals are // ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Schedule out my day // I try to answer emails (and most work texts) during 2 time slots of the day. If I don’t do this I’ve learned I can spend an entire day just in my emails alone! 😱 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Plan out each day that morning (or the prior evening) // this helps me know what I’m going to focus on when I’m not in meetings and put a time restraint on how long I spend on each item. That way I spend time on each project/client but not too much time AND it helps me not get distracted with everything else (I’m looking at you, Instagram). 🗓 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Monday and Friday are flex days // this is time for me to put attention to the business, video content for #savingida, new programs I’m learning to help with CZD, etc. 💻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Spend time with like-minded friends // I’ve started scheduling weekly (or bi-weekly) hang time with other small business owners so we can bounce ideas off each other, offer suggestions and advice or just VENT about stuff. 💃🏼 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hire an assistant // (Enough said!) I’ve done this and am learning that delegation is not my strong suit....so it’s a work in progress but I’m loving it so far!👩🏻‍💻 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do YOU do to stay organized? I’d love to hear!This photo has nothing to do with any of that - it’s just a reminder to me that I have so many projects that I still need to photograph (another one of my resolutions!)clairezinneckerdesign 🙋🏼‍♀️✨

2019 WOW WOW WOW. This has been a year of unexpected twists and turns and so many adventures that I decided to do a little recap. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Jan: Bought some land on the river with dreams of building in a few years. Started a full time job and spent a lot of time in LA. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Feb: Went back to my New York home for work. Headed home to focus on client installs and finished the month working in LA. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ March: Had some personal hiccups that forced the beginning of the serious head and heart work of 2019. Decided I couldn’t work a full time job anymore in addition to my interior design company. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ April: Continued the head and heart work by putting myself first and booked a spontaneous trip to Costa Rica. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May: Escaped to New York for inspiration. Came home and took off to LA. Continued focusing on therapy and self. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ June: Road tripped around California. Went through a break up. Cried a lot and surrounded myself with friends. Decided to buy a house built in 1898 to moved to the land, because - why not? (Gulp) #savingida ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ July: Continued the head and heart work while also searching for answers/solutions to my chronic pain. Went on an amazing trip to Montana. Felt so much joy and gratitude. Signed up for Spanish and guitar lessons. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ August: Began the journey of moving Ida out to the land. Worked a lot, sweated a lot, learned even more. Went to @onsiteworkshops and was challenged and strengthened. Met so many dear friends including a guy named Adam :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sept: Ida made the move to the land and the real work began. Adam and I strengthened our relationship. Continued working on myself. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Oct: Reconnected with old friends and established new. Went to Louisiana and continued the journey of Ida. Adam moved to Austin (!!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nov: Battled with my health and spent some quiet time on a retreat. Poured myself into Ida and turned 33. Adam continued to be a constant support. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dec: Hosted an incredible event at Ida. Battled crippling anxiety about next steps in life, work and everything in-between. Realized I was proud of myself because I am exactly where I supposed to be. Can’t wait for you 2020!

FINALLY! I’ve posted the before/after floorplan of #savingida! *disclaimer this still might change because I’m indecisive and non-committal like that!* Some of the rooms may look like different sizes from the original plan because they weren’t all properly measured. Click the link in my instagram profile and take a look and read a bit of my thoughts behind what I put where and all that fun stuff. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of course this photo has nothing to do with floorplans but I had some personal thoughts to share and wanted to make sure the folks that just want to talk design stuff got their info first. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been thinking a lot about Rumi’s quote, ““And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?” I feel like the past couple of years, especially 2019 has been such a journey ‘into myself’. Life has been a process of figuring out who I am and ACCEPTING that. I gave myself permission (for maybe the first time) to be okay with any feelings and emotions I was having and have had. I gave myself permission to not be perfect (because try as I might, I never actually was perfect). I gave myself permission to feel sorry for the young Claire who faced such intense pain and sadness. I gave myself permission to pursue MY happiness. To not drown myself trying to meet everyone else’s idea of what that is or what that looks like. I attended incredible places like @onsiteworkshops and the Sacred Feminism retreat with @hillaryliannamcbride and @lisagungor (thanks to my dear @ruthielindsey) that challenged me and stretched me in the most wonderful ways. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To be perfectly honest I’m still on that long journey but today I can say with confidence that it has been the most exhausting and rewarding experience I never knew I needed. Hence posting a photo where I am at one of my happiest moments. ✨ #clairezinneckerdesign

T H A N K F U L ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ One simple word with so much meaning. Today and everyday I’m just so thankful. #clairezinneckerdesign #savingida

REAL REALITY // I composed a whole “I turned 33 here are my life reflections” post to share on my birthday....it is now over a week since my birthday came and went and I still haven’t found time to finish the post....🤦🏼‍♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life is going at warp speed as I rush to get #savingida to a certain level of completion before hosting my first event out here😬 so I’m trying to give myself a little...A LOT of grace as I stumble through this season. As always I’m just trying to stay present and remember to breathe! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just wanted to drop a note to say hello AND to share that Monte’s most recent surgery/biopsy on a new lump came back negative so we are pausing for a minute to celebrate THAT!!! The sun is out and life is good and happy Monday to all of you wonderful friends, encouragers and supporters out there in this funny social media world we are in. #clairezinneckerdesign

Saving Ida update!! // it’s been a minute since I’ve filled you guys in on #savingida (a lot has happened even if it doesn’t look like it!!) sooooo here we go! It’s a long read, you have been warned. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Piers are finished and she’s *mostly* solid which means it’s finally time for the roof (hallelujah). The guys were out there scrambling today to get the decking and the weatherproofing wrapped up before another big storm comes. I’ll finally be able to sleep tonight! 🎉 The roof I’m going with is a screw down panel style (more cost effective than a standing seam). I think it makes it feel more “of the time” than tarp shingles or standing seam (the original roof was wooden shingles...sigh...maybe someday). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Currently waiting on Williamson County to approve my engineer’s septic drawings so that I can get that going. While I wait I’m working on figuring out what type of well I want, the filtering system and getting bids (ouch my brain hurts). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ALSO I’m trying to figure out the electrical and demo plan (what to keep, what to make new, etc etc) which you would think would be easy (hello it’s what I do) but honestly doing this for myself is 100x harder than doing it for others. I’ve cried, I’ve stressed and I’ve changed my mind a million times BUT I think I’m getting closer to what I want. I have the final plan pretty much drawn up. Who knows, might change my mind tomorrow! I’m just figuring this out as I go. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you were interested enough to read this till the end, you are amazing. For more BTS of Ida check my stories and to get the full scoop you can watch my Saving Ida highlights section! #clairezinneckerdesign #savingida

TGIF!!!! (as a business owner what does that even mean tho...?) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I decided to go old school and snap a photo of the pups in the living room. The sun was hitting the disco ball perfectly, the room was [relatively] clean (thank goodness for cropping!) and the pups were “cooperative”....except Emma was much more interested in watching Cat vs posing for a picture and was over the photoshoot in about 30 seconds.. (check my stories). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been really struggling to find balance (story of my life) between work/play/me time and just when I think I have it sorted out I wake up and can’t remember the last time I even took a full deep breath. Let’s be real, I love being busy and prefer it over twiddling my thumbs, but I still am learning what a healthy amount of busy means. Maybe someday I’ll figure it out but until then I’m just trying to check in with myself as often as possible and BREATHE.

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!! Round Top Fall Antique Show 2019 is right around the corner and I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can’t wait to see my favorite friends out there, meet new folks and buy ALL THE THINGS. Make sure you follow along on my stories (I plan to be out there multiple times in the coming weeks) as I shop for clients and for #savingida . I love hearing everyone’s opinions on what to (and what NOT to) buy as I venture into the miles of magical antiques. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by my Round Top partner in crime @jessiekatz at one of our favorite vendor’s spaces, @enebyhome. See you guys soon! #clairezinneckerdesign

Ida is officially on the land!!! While a part of me is breathing a huge sigh of relief, the other part of me is on the verge of a total meltdown because of the massive amount of work I have in front of me. This crazy journey is only just beginning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Honestly? I’m completely freaked out. Stressing about finances, schedule, workload and so much more are all-consuming, keeping me up at night and creating a tight pain in my chest. While I know that it’s all part of the process and things will work out the way they are supposed to, the control freak side on me is hyperventilating something fierce. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A huge part of what is keeping my head above water is the positive response and encouragement from all of you! Truly it means the world to me to know that as crazy as I feel about taking on this risk I have all of you (whether I know you or not!) supporting me every step of the way with #savingida. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” —Helen Keller, The Open Door ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @go_dwells #clairezinneckerdesign

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)....so 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”...um 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

UPDATE! A lot of you have reached out asking about Monte (I love how much you love my fur babies). The vet called today and said the biopsy was negative and CANCER FREE!! I was so relieved I pulled over on the side of the road and cried hysterically. Thanks everyone for your positive thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement!!!!! 💗🙏🏼 #reddoorhome #clairezinneckerdesign

The wait is finally over!!!!!! I have been working on this rug & pillow collection with @luluandgeorgia for over a year and can’t believe today is the day I get to share that the collection is FINALLY up for presale eeeppp!!! I can’t stop smiling. ✨Head on over to the link in my profile and shop away!!! #clairezinneckerdesign #czxlg

If you don’t know, now you know. This is my first post showing a bit of my scars!!! I’m terrified and nervous and yet at the same time I’m feeling free!!! ___________________ Today I shared a little more behind my #realrealityczd posts on @camillestyles . The good, the bad, the ugly. My entire life I spent putting up this front of perfectionism. I thought that if I could convince the world I had it together then maybe I could convince myself. What it did instead was isolate me. ___________________ I was always hearing “you have the dream life” or “I’m so jealous, I want your career!” Yes I love my life but no it isn’t perfect. It’s messy and complicated and THAT’S OKAY. Once I accepted this and let down the mask of perfectionism an entirely new world opened up. Maya Angelou said “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” ___________________ This journey hasn’t been easy but it has been so fulfilling. I am ENOUGH. And so are you. (Post in profile link) #clairezinneckerdesign

These two pups are my whole life. They have been through the worst and best days with me. We are currently waiting biopsy results for my Monte and I’m trying my hardest not to fall apart. This bub has been with me since college and I am not ready for him to face any health struggles (now or ever!) Positive thoughts and prayers would be much appreciated as he recovers from the surgery and we wait to hear more! 💗🙏🏼

The sun has been teasing me for days. I can’t complain about the rain but I wouldn’t mind some sunshine for a solid hour! Until then here is a little sneak peek into a house we are finishing up. It’s still in process and was just a quick snap but I’m too excited not to share!! Hopefully this will brighten your Wednesday like it has mine.✨ #clairezinneckerdesign @sideangleside.co (architect) @cleantagllc (construction)