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

 Karen Nepacena and John Shum

Karen Nepacena and John Shum

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 national 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 re-imagine and transform their homes.

Karen Nepacena, Principal Designer

Karen brings a wealth of home furnishings and design industry experience to her designs and projects. She held various positions in product development, merchandising, and product management for Target, Restoration Hardware, Z Gallerie, YLighting/Lumens and Gump’s San Francisco, which help to give greater depth to her design offerings and offer a holistic approach to space design.

Prior to her career in corporate retail, Karen was a professional ballet dancer who trained and danced with internationally-acclaimed dance institutions, which has rounded out her meticulous attention to detail for 'setting the stage' from her experience interacting with world-class performance artists, choreographers and set designers. 


John and Karen are creative entrepreneurs at heart, from running a successful husband-and-wife Photography studio, to creating and managing a handbag design/manufacturing business. While Karen leads the design process, John manages studio operations, photography and marketing for Destination Eichler. 

They reside in Northern California with their two sons and enjoy sharing their passion for mid-century modern design, home renovation and interiors. Both hold Bachelors degrees from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.