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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.

Nikki Peltzer…Design Assistant

Even as a young child, you’d find Nikki Peltzer rearranging the furniture in her bedroom and around the house. From the very start, she knew interior design was something she loved her whole life – and has made her dream job and passion a reality at Design Works.

Today, she manages some of the most pivotal behind-the-scenes tasks for Design Works – including assisting the designers with various responsibilities and projects. Prior to Design Works, she attended the Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach and received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Interior Design.

Inspired by growing up near the California coast, and trips to Catalina, and Mexico, Nikki loves to incorporate organic, natural and coastal elements into the designs she works on. The best part of her job – definitely being able to help and assist in making a client’s vision come to life through design – and have the process be as painless and enjoyable as possible!

When she’s not busy at the Design Works office, you can find her traveling, spending time with her fiancé, friends, and family.

Fayiz Darwish…Showroom + Warehouse Operations

Fayiz is the backbone of the Design Works warehouse department. In this role, he manages warehouse inventory, shipping and receiving, and maintains the product display in the Design Works showroom.

Prior to starting at Design Works, Fayiz served as the Store Manager at Jack’s Surfboards in Orange County. In this role, he learned managerial and organizational skills that are needed for his operational role at Design Works.

A recent graduate from Chapman University, he holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. His attention to detail and logistics are essential to the work flow and designer deadlines at Design Works.

Outside of the workplace, Fayiz enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, family, friends, and a good Netflix binge-watching session.

Monica Chavez…Operations + Accounts Expeditor

Monica is an integral member of the Design Works team, serving as the lead operations and accounts expeditor. In this position, Monica works closely with clients, vendors, and contractors to place orders, process invoices, and manage the day-to-day operations at the Design Works Irvine office.

Prior to starting at Design Works, Monica worked in a variety of positions ranging from retail and coffee shops, to teaching both children and adults. Monica’s friendly personality and can-do attitude make her an essential member of the Design Works team.

She currently lives in Long Beach, but grew up in Dallas, TX and spent ten years living in South Korea. When she’s not answering hundreds of emails a day, you can find Monica learning and studying different languages and scouring for her next best piece of vintage clothing.