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Robin Strickler…Founder and Principal

For more than two decades, Robin Strickler has been a driving force in interior design, helping to shape – stylishly – the way we live in Southern California. Today, she continues to helm Design Works, the Orange County-based interior design firm she founded in 1991, and is known for her of-the-moment yet timeless approach to design.

Strickler’s affinity for beautiful things has roots in her childhood (she reports that her dolls, and mother, were dressed impeccably, thanks to her artful eye). Not surprisingly, she first studied fashion, merchandising and design in San Diego, then launched a successful career in the fashion industry, creating fresh, unique looks with an innovative interplay of colors and textures. While her love for fashion never waned, Strickler found herself seeking a new design challenge, wanting to bring her talent for fusing elegance, serenity, symmetry and understated design to a new arena. Interior design provided the perfect palette for her artistry, and she began her studies at the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach.

With her interior design training complete, Strickler quickly forged a name as a model home designer for noted developers throughout the region, who relied on her ability to create interiors with an instant sense of place, a tone of warm welcome, and a casually elegant livability. She soon formed Design Works to provide her sought-after services to builders and architects, as well as to individual clients who resonated with her talent for transforming both residential and commercial spaces with her timeless approach blending monochromatic room “canvases” with pops of color and varied textures.

At Design Works, Strickler remains head of design, working with several hand-selected designers to create stunning interiors for high-end residences, corporate projects and commercial spaces throughout the country. Whether she’s working on a traditional, Hamptons-inspired home on the coast, a modern masterpiece for an art collector in Malibu, or a swank Hollywood Regency style estate in Bel-Air, Strickler’s unerring sense of style is evident. Her work can be found in such publications as Elle Decor, California Homes, Luxe Magazine, Interiors CA, and more.

When she’s not designing inspiring interiors, you can find this design doyenne staying active running, spinning and hiking, spending time with her husband and two daughters and, of course, shopping for pieces from fashion’s latest collections.

Jess Dimitruk…Lead Designer

In her role as Lead Designer at Design Works, Jess prides herself on listening to clients’ needs and making their design visions a reality. Known for her ability to make clients instantly feel at ease and taken care of throughout the entire interior design process, Jess has played an integral role at Design Works for the past two years. She makes sure each client’s space is unique and beautiful, and that they feel fully supported along the entire design process.

Prior to working at Design Works, Jess worked in the fashion industry – traveling across the country opening new stores. She soon found her true passion – interior design – and enrolled in the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, CA. While attending school, she worked for an exclusive interior design firm where she gained knowledge in the industry and as a designer. In 2018, Jess graduated with her Associates and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design.

Inspired by organic, classic and functional designs, her clients trust her to create beautiful projects that will stand the test of time. What Jess enjoys most is the reveal of the final project. She says, “seeing the look on her client’s faces when they walk into their new home that you’ve spent months, even years, carefully curating is the best part of the entire process”.

While her position is multi-faceted, when she is not busy turning houses into breathtaking magazine-worthy homes, you’ll find her walking the Back Bay, visiting with her friends, and traveling to Idaho to visit her family as much as possible.

Bree Anderson…Designer

Bree Anderson grew up watching her mother work on her interior design projects, and quickly found she too loved every part of the design process – from selecting fabrics to creating mood boards – it was a natural progression that she’d follow in her footsteps and become an interior designer herself.

Bree received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach in 2018. During her time there, she interned at a boutique design firm where she was able to gather real, first-hand design experience that was essential to her growth as a designer. Prior to graduating, she was hired on at Design Works where she has started out as an assistant and has since grown into a full-time design associate – where she works on her own projects, assists the lead designers, and billing.

Her designs can best be described as eclectic with natural, organic elements woven in – and always includes pieces that add a fun, unexpected twist. Meeting her client’s needs and expectations is one of the best parts of being a designer – selecting the materials, furniture and accessories – and having it all come together, there’s nothing better.

When she is not pulling fabrics, meeting with vendors, and designing – she can be found spending time outdoors and traveling with her fiancé, visiting with friends and family and always making time for their Beagle/Bulldog, Chloe.

Alisha Hackenberry… Accounts Manager / Expeditor

Alisha Hackenberry has moved from an operations and executive assistant role to the accounts manager and expeditor at Design Works. In this key role, she handles ordering materials and furniture, invoicing clients, the go between with vendors and designers, and making sure everything is handled in a timely and efficient manner.

Her superb organization skills help her balance her many tasks at Design Works. Clients know that their pieces will be ordered on time and delivered on schedule thanks to Alisha’s dedication and attention to detail.

Born and raised in Southern California, Alisha recently returned back to SoCal after spending 6 years in Chicago. When she is not answering emails, or making phone calls at Design Works, she enjoys hiking, reading, walking her dog, and spending time with her family and friends.

Julia Brown…Assistant Designer

Julia Brown is quickly learning the ins and outs of all things interior design in her position as an Assistant Designer at Design Works. Growing up, Julia would see her father – who is a general contractor, work on high-end homes and create beautiful houses for clients. After seeing how the designers played a huge role in the overall aesthetic for the home – this quickly sparked an interest in interior design for Julia.

In regard to her own personal design, she is influenced by nature commonly found here along the California Coastline. Her aesthetic incorporates natural and raw materials, while still integrating an elegant and classic design. Above all, she believes that ensuring a timeless design for her clients is the most important skill that she could provide as a designer.

When she is not meeting with reps and helping make material selections, she loves to surf in South Orange County, travel with her boyfriend and friends, and hang out with her family. She is also currently finishing her associate degree and certificate in Interior Design from Saddleback College, with plans of moving on to receive a bachelor’s degree in Business.

Kylee Spooner…Assistant Designer

Kylee Spooner grew up watching her father run his own interior design business, and she knew from a young age that she aspired to follow in his footsteps. Now, as an assistant designer at Design Works, Kylee is able to experience the same dedication, joy, and fulfillment that her father had for so many years. She plays a key role at Design Works – supporting the lead designers with their projects, communicating with valued reps and clients, and pricing out projects. Every day is different and that is something Kylee loves about her job in interior design.

Her design aesthetic is heavily influenced by what once was – pulling a lot of inspiration from history, pre-existing architecture, finishes, and techniques. Kylee’s ability to reimagine and incorporate past design styles to exist in a modern space is something the team at Design Works really values and appreciates.

When Kylee is not busy working at Design Works, completing her associates degree in interior design at Saddleback College, as well as her Bachelors in business online at Grand Canyon University – she enjoys cooking with her boyfriend, and being outside doing something with friends and family.