About Green Eastman
After years of residential and commercial interior design projects, Karla Green and Phyllis Eastman found that they had similar design sensibilities and concepts. Each has had her own design business and Phyllis owned the upscale furniture store Lee/Eastman and Karla has her contractor’s license. Green Eastman was born out of a desire to help our own generation, as well as others, with lifestyle choices and housing needs. As leading edge Baby Boomers ourselves, we understand both the complexities that our generation will face and those that we have faced.
We have life and professional experiences to be able to offer a broad range of services to meet the needs of our clients. We are your “Go To Design Firm” with experience, ingenuity and attentiveness, whether you want to update your home to age gracefully in place or create a home able to handle a young, growing family.
After years of creating beautiful and exciting interiors for commercial clients, Phyllis Eastman embraced her true passion and founded Dalia Design Group in 2009. She now designs “inclusive interiors” that effortlessly and seamlessly include “people of all ages and all abilities.” Implementing both function and fashion into every project, Phyllis recognizes the interior design profession will continue to grow in importance as more and more people seek comfortable and safe surroundings to call home.
Embracing both commercial and residential design disciplines, Phyllis utilizes her trade knowledge on every job. She does not have a set style preferring to make her designs distinguishable through her sensitivity to the client needs, budget and appropriateness to the setting.
Drawing on her vast experience in hotel, restaurant and food service design, Phyllis excels in implementing new and innovative ideas with a focus on tomorrows aging population. She understands the importance of continually expanding her knowledge base in housing design concepts for an aging population recently attending a Professional Development seminar at USC lead by noted Architect and Gerontologist, Victor Regnier, titled “Planning and Design Issues in Retirement Housing: Current and Future Directions.”
Phyllis was born in Portland, Oregon into an artistic family that fostered the creative process. She graduated with Honors from Bassist College (Portland, OR) receiving her degree in Interior Design, and most recently received certificates in Kitchen and Bath Design and Accessibility and Aging in Place.
Karla moved to Portland in 1986. Not quite a native, she has embraced all that makes Portland great. Karla’s professional education started at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Fine Art in Painting and Design. Add to that, a love of costume and set design, teaching, printmaking, a passion for traveling, and years of life-long learning. As a foreign student in Israel and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, she developed her love for travel, art and culture, and international understanding. Karla brings that passion and sensitivity to her work with her clients.
Most recently, she is a graduate of Marylhurst University with a BFA in Interior Design. During her studies, she was awarded a Phil Knight Scholarship and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Societies. Importantly, and in order to best serve her clients, she keeps up to date with continuing education in materials, as well as state and national regulations.
She also enjoys drafting (CAD – computer aided drawing) the plans for her company’s projects.
An Allied member and current President of the Oregon Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), she is also one of the few licensed and bonded women general contractors with the State of Oregon (CCB #197199)! Formerly, she was on the ORA (Oregon Remodelers Association) Board of Directors.
In 2007, she started an Interior Design firm – Green & Milligan Design, and in 2012 became the sole practitioner of Green | Eastman. As a designer and licensed contractor her firm provided high quality Design Services and Project Management, as well as contracting, for residential and commercial clients. Attention to detail and a love of sustainable building practices brought many remodels from wish-list to finished projects and will continue with Green | Eastman.