Robin Strickler of Design Works


1. Robin, you’ve been in the business for over two decades – how did you get your start?

After leaving the fashion industry and relocating to Orange County, I went to work with a friend of mine in the model home industry. During that time, I took some classes at IDI for interior design and just fell in love with all things design related. Pretty early on, I worked as a designer on a set of models in Dove Canyon near Rancho Santa Margarita. After the open houses, prospective buyers reached out to me directly and asked if I could help them with their own homes.

From that point on I continued building a strong clientele on the residential side of the business, and formed Design Works in 1991. We provide our design services to builders and architects, as well as to individual clients who are looking for a timeless approach to design – blending monochromatic room “canvases” with pops of color and varied textures.

2. Describe one of your most memorable projects.

One of my favorite projects has to be the Beverly Hills home we did for the owners of Too Faced Cosmetics, Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson. It was such a departure from my trademark timeless style and so much fun to collaborate with Jerrod and his signature avant-garde style. 

3. Who’s your dream celebrity client and why?

Jennifer Aniston would definitely be my dream celebrity client as I completely connect with her style – in fashion and interior design.

4. If you hadn’t become a designer, which career would you have pursued?

I would have likely stayed in fashion – I’m still passionate about fashion – and love keeping up with trends and shopping the latest styles from my favorite fashion designers.

5. Favorite musical album/artist and why?

Sarah McLachlan has always been one of my favorite artists – she’s gotten me through the good times and the bad!

6. What’s your ideal Sunday from AM to PM?

Living in Newport Beach, CA we have fantastic weather almost year-round. You’ll usually find me starting the weekend with a hike in El Morro or a run in the Back Bay. After my workout, I like to get brunch at the new Malibu Farms in Lido Marina Village. They did an incredible job with the build-out and design – and it’s located right on the water. When the day is winding down, you can usually find me on the couch, cuddling with my shih tzu, Oliver.

Lightning round! 

9. First concert?

Rod Stewart.

10. First celebrity crush?

Rob Lowe.

11. Hidden talent?


12. Best ice cream flavor?

Designers don’t eat ice cream! 🙂

13. Favorite book?

Devil Wears Prada.

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