Founded [organically] by home enthusiasts that turned a blog into a business, and turned a few heads along the way.


From Blog to Design Services

Destination Eichler started as a design blog for homeowners Karen Nepacena and John Shum to chronicle their journey renovating a mid-century modern Eichler home in Northern California. Their home renovation projects and blog gained attention and soon the couple began taking on clients who were attracted to their modern design aesthetic and focus on mid-century modern architecture. Fast-forward a few years, Destination Eichler transitioned from an online blog into a full service interior design firm helping homeowners visualize and transform their homes.

Design Philosophy

Destination Eichler, LLC offers interior design services, from furniture and accessory selection and color consultation, to design concept creation (2D/3D renderings) and full home renovation/restoration consultation services.

Principal Designer, Karen Nepacena

Principal Designer, Karen Nepacena

Designer Karen Nepacena’s design philosophy centers around creating a functional, pleasing space, that reflects each client’s individualism. With each project, she translates client needs into a clear transformation plan. Karen’s time living abroad and studying Interior Design in Italy greatly influences her work and aesthetic, whether designing for mid-century modern homes or Spanish style bungalows.

John and Karen are creative entrepreneurs at heart, from running a successful husband-and-wife Photography studio, creating and managing a handbag design/manufacturing business, to curating several online resources for groups they are passionate about: DIY home renovation and food allergy awareness. While Karen leads the design process, John manages studio operations and marketing. They reside in Northern California with their two sons and enjoy sharing their passion for mid-century modern design, DIY renovation, and home interiors. Both hold Bachelors degrees from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


Press & Media Coverage

Their work has garnered attention in the design space, from Dwell and Apartment Therapy to Design*Sponge and Design Milk.

Designer Spotlight: Destination Eichler on Fireclay Tile

Ground Floor Authenticity on Eichler Network

DIY All-Stars! A Family Rolls Up Their Sleeves and Restores an Eichler on Dwell

18 Remarkable Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Designs For The Vintage Fans on Architecture Art Design

Upgrade Your IKEA Furniture With These Easy Hacks and Ideas on Design Milk

A “Room by Room” Eichler Renovation on Apartment Therapy

Before and After Stepping Back in Time in California on Design*Sponge

Before & After: An Eichler Kitchen Gets an Era-Appropriate Remodel on TheKitchn

Before and After: Karen, John and their Eichler Home on MidCenturyHome

Determined Do-It-Yourselfers on Eichler Network


Scandinavian Designs Spring 2017 Catalog


Fireclay Tile

Our passion for mid-century modern tile and Fireclay's sustainable production philosophy, became the perfect combination for our own projects, as well as those of our clients. They offer both form and environmental function for our clients. We were thrilled to get a two-page spread in their 2016 catalog.  

Milgard Doors & Windows Brochure

We were delighted to be featured in the Milgard Aluminum Series Windows & Doors brochure. It featured an image from our atrium where we installed a 6'x8' and 8'x8' sliding doors purchased through Dolan Lumber.