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 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. She studied Interior Design at SACI in Florence, Italy through an exchange program with Northeastern University.
THE MANAGING TEAM
John and Karen are creative entrepreneurs at heart, from running a successful husband-and-wife Photography studio, to founding a handbag design/manufacturing business. While Karen leads the design process with Clients, 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.
THE DESIGN TEAM
aisha nathanson, associate designer
Aisha is a stylist, designer and all around creative powerhouse.
She holds a degree in Graphic Design from Northeastern University, and created print and web designs for over fifteen years. In Boston, she met her creative soulmate, Destination Eichler Co-Founder, Karen Nepacena. The fast friends continued their creative collaborations in San Francisco in 2005, and Aisha began expanding her design expertise into interiors.
She is a key design partner for many Destination Eichler projects and brings expertise in product sourcing and curation, with the innate knack to find just the perfect mid-century modern piece to round out a room design. Her experience as a Professional Organizer also helps to ensure both form and function in a space transformation. Aisha currently lives in Toronto in her modern dream house full of plants, patterns, and gorgeous golden-hour light.
OLIVIA PRICE, Assistant Designer
Olivia started as our very first Design Intern and has since transitioned to Assistant Designer. She supports numerous aspects of the Destination Eichler design process, whether it is sketching out a new space, keeping our (tiny) Design Studio and samples organized and color coordinated or creating photo realistic renderings of our projects. Olivia is an integral member of our small, but mighty Design Team.
She holds an Associates Degree in Interior Design from FIDM in San Francisco and is continuing her design education at California State University, Sacramento.
BROOKE SCHWIERS, ASSOCIATE DESIGNER
Brooke comes from a career in Visual Design Merchandising within the retail home furnishings industry, with a natural ability to look at a space and visualize multiple ways to improve upon it. Brooke is instrumental in layout planning and ensuring our designs are both functional and pretty to look at. Brooke is our resident Interior Stylist, for both photoshoots and clients' homes. She lives in Pleasant Hill and is a Mom to two boys. When not designing homes, she is an avid snowboarder who also enjoys landscape design.