Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

dayle_laing_speaking_200.jpgWe are inundated with information about the environment, reducing our carbon footprint, about saving the planet, about what to do and what not to do.  How does one sort through all the conflicting advice? 

Here are 7 simple tips to help you select interior fabrics for your home that are beautiful and sustainable.

1. Determine your expectation for how long the fabric should last, based on your lifestyle and how many years you will live in your home.

2. Save the current, hot looks and colours for items that can easily be changed, like the accessories, the paint, or the wallpaper on the feature wall.  Select styles and colours that have enduring appeal for the big ticket items.  No one wants the inconvenience of a sofa out of fashion in 6 months regardless of the initial cost.

faded_hardwood_250.jpgA while ago you installed a beautiful hardwood floor with a gorgeous environmentally friendly rug to anchor your well chosen furniture.

A few months have passed and suddenly you notice the wood floor next to the window has faded. You lift the rug back and your suspicions are confirmed!

What to do now?  Maybe this hasn’t happened to you yet.  Either way, refinishing the wood should be a last resort. It costs time, money, disruption, valuable energy resources, and unwanted dust in the home. Refinishing is to be avoided for as long as possible.

It is normal that...

green_questionmark_recycling_50.jpgGreen --- sustainable --- eco --- recycling --- carbon footprint… This list seems endless and the cacophony of sound we are hearing about the environment, certainly gives us pause for concern, maybe even fear, but what is one to do about all this?  What can one do? Can we actually make a difference?

I think there is something we can do. That is why I have chosen a journey toward beautiful interior design that is sustainable and I want to share this journey with others. I think people are waiting for someone to explain solutions in simple terms so that everyone can make a difference easily, practically in their everyday lives.

I have practiced interior decorating and design for 25 years with some amazingly wonderful residential and contract clients. For 19 of those years I also taught interior design at Sheridan College. I had the opportunity to develop courses in Textiles, Interior Finishes, Historic Textile Design and Business Practices. Teaching has taught me to take complex ideas and explain them in simple terms; a valuable skill for researching sustainable design and then getting the message out, especially when there is conflicting information and much of it technical in nature.

I encouraged the students to...

dayle_laing_speaking_contracts_200Many design professionals are either not using interior design contracts or are unhappy with the ones they are using.

Dayle received numerous questions from colleagues about using contracts. Some had expressed concern after situations with clients had soured when there was discord over verbal agreements. After 15 years teaching Business Practices for Interior Designers at college, Dayle was excited to prepare a seminar to share her experiences and expertise.

Dayle presentedThe Joy of Residential Contracts – How to Make the Experience Win-Win for you & your Clients” at the annual CDECA Professional Development Day in Toronto, Canada on October 29, 2007 to a packed audience of over 100 enthusiastic members.

Professional interior design and interior decoration require...

 silk_plant_4.jpgWe are creatures of habit.

That can be a good thing when it gives stability to our lives. Do you ever feel you are in a rut with respect to your decorating? Do you enter a room and not really see it? Are you worried that if you focus, it will cost time and money?

First, look around your home for ‘silk’ flowers, plants or trees.  What kind of condition are they in? Are they dust collectors? Are they tired out? Do they simply ‘fill in the corners’ without really adding to the quality to the design?

If the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, then here is some advice:

square_watermelon_150Do you feel like you are alone in your efforts to choose green interior design? 

Actually you are in good company and you are not a round peg in a square hole!

It is estimated that 1/3 of the population of North America  is a ‘conscious consumer’ and wants to select the most sustainable products and to make their carbon footprint more beneficial.

Fortunately, there are an increasing number of beautiful alternatives for sustainable design, many of which do not cost more, and some of which are a small premium. As we demand more sustainable, recycled and organic products, manufacturers will be inspired to fill the demand.  Innovations on the possibilities are endless!

 

green_living_show_100.jpgCelebrating its 2nd anniversary, the Green Living Show came to Toronto, Canada in April, 2008.

 

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Dayle endorses using cloth shopping bags instead of plastic bags that end up in landfill
The huge challenge in this business of beautiful sustainable interior design is to learn about all the fabulous new products on the market. This field is changing so quickly that information becomes obsolete in the blink of an eye!

Here was an ideal opportunity with so many manufacturers and distributors in one place. We were not disappointed as we put on our most comfortable walking shoes, took public transit to the Exhibition grounds and started up and down the aisles of displays.

When I first started...

dayle_laing_logo_graphics_150.jpg"There is a symbiosis between individuals and the earth. The better we feel about ourselves, the more we are able to help the environment. The healthier the environment, the better we feel."

When our corporate logo was being designed, I chose symbols to represent this philosophy...

dayle_mark_victor_hansen_150.jpgIn November 2007, Mark Victor Hansen, the co-authordayle_irene_turnbull_150.jpg of “Chicken Soup for the Soul”, organized a MEGA Speaking Empire conference in Los Angeles, California. 

My fellow colleague, Irene Turnbull and I attended the 3 day event.  This was an amazing opportunity for professional development and to network with some of the foremost professional speakers in North America.

The range and quality of seminars were...

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