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Mad About Mod

An expert in all things Midcentury Modern, Karen Nepacena, founder of San Francisco-based interior design firm Destination Eichler, designs spaces with functional foundations that frame eye-catching standouts. 

Inspired by the materials and motifs that defined the period, Karen chose midcentury modern mainstays like chartreuse, turquoise, and pops of red to bring her Story to life.

Sample the Story

Get a sampling of Karen’s midcentury modern-inspired favorites with our exclusive Destination Eichler Sample Pack, which includes 2x4 samples of Pyrite, Turquoise, Chartreuse, Stilbite, Loch Ness, Aqua, Lagoon, and Mesolite.

Ready to make your home a destination? Shop Karen’s hand-picked color and pattern pairings to outfit your space in authentically midcentury modern style.

Make it Midcentury

Ready to make your home a destination? Sample Karen’s hand-picked color and pattern pairings to outfit your space in authentically midcentury modern style.

Karen's Design Tips & Inspiration

Make it Pop

Ready to make your home a destination? Shop Karen’s hand-picked color and pattern pairings to outfit your space in authentically midcentury modern style. Photo: Christopher Dibble 

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Muted Modern

"Loch Ness represents some of the deeper tones of architectural trim work in many mid-century post and beam homes." -- Karen Nepacena. Photo: John Shum

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Storied Style

"The Destination Eichler story concept revolves around color and pattern. I find a lot of inspiration from midcentury modern design history books and iconic designers from the period. Whether it's textile design, graphics, or fashion and art, I like to draw from those historical details, and try to bring them to life in a fresh way." Photo: John Shum

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Color Icons

"We inherited Egg Style Chairs from the 1960s that are the same Chartreuse color, which works so well in midcentury modern-inspired spaces."

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Balancing Act

"Find balance. If you go bold on one element on the space, then balance the other materials and elements so that they aren't competing for attention." Photo: Christopher Dibble 

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The Lived-In Space

"Live in a space for awhile before embarking on a big design overall. It allows you to learn how you use and interact with a space and this learning helps you when deciding what kind of adjustments to make to a space." Photo: John Shum

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Industrial Elements

"Pyrite reflects the prevalence of concrete and cinder block materials commonly used in building construction during the era." Photo: John Shum

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The Original Design Influencers

"Designers such as Ray and Charles Eames are also very influential to my work. Their inventive use of color and pattern play especially resonates with me; whether it's products they designed or their own iconic home." Photo: John Shum

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The Holistic Home

"My design philosophy is finding the right balance between respecting a home's architecture and character, bringing in modern functionality, and most importantly reflecting the personality of the people who live there." Photo: John Shum

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Mix It Up

"It's ok to mix textures and finishes. A pop of brass can still work well in a space that also features stainless steel or chrome details." Photo: John Shum

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Find Your Happy Moment

"Include visual and tactile materials that make you feel good. Whether looking at something that makes you happy, like a tiled space in your favorite color, or feeling the nice weight of a solid stainless steel fixture every day, these small moments are important in everyday life." Photo: John Shum

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Handmade to Play

"For me tile can be used in different ways to create a mood or make a statement. For example, a monochrome palette with a straight set pattern reads so differently than a mix of multiple glazes to make a pattern play. The possibilities are endless, but that's what makes tile design so fun."

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Uniquely Yours

"Bring your own personality into the space by drawing from an item that evokes a feeling, such as a treasured souvenir from a special vacation or a photograph of a favorite spot." Photo: John Shum

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Shape Up

"I draw from many geometric shapes found in textile designs and architectural lines, whether rectangles or triangles, and try to put a spin on them through tile pattern and color play." Photo: John Shum

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Think Pink

"I am still waiting for that perfect project where we get to use Stilbite! That happy pop of pink is so playful and would be perfect to put into a period home, such as a 1950s bathroom."

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