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.

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...

special_report_cover_101_175.jpghelp their clients make choices for aesthetic and quality design that will last long after the most recent fads fade and will not end up quickly in the landfill, and to consider their choices carefully in light of chemicals, allergies, and what is best for the consumer.  Sometimes I could definitively state which choice was the wise one, but often, I felt available research was inadequate for designers and decorators to help their clients make the best choices. There is much more research available now and I think most people really want to hear it explained well. To enhance my ability to convey the message, I have obtained my LEED® Accredited Professional designation.

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Love your website! It's so nice to see that you are also concerned about the environment - inner and outer. I too have read many, many books on consciousness; Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukav, Deepak Chopra...on and on. You can say that I have been on...

Love your website! It's so nice to see that you are also concerned about the environment - inner and outer. I too have read many, many books on consciousness; Eckhart Tolle, Gary Zukav, Deepak Chopra...on and on. You can say that I have been on the path of finding the truth since my twenties. Wow, had I known that you and I spoke the same language (consciousness), we may have had some very interesting conversations when you came to Winnipeg to speak to our group. <br /><br />I am in total agreement with how our inner world is reflected in the outer. I am slowly integrating 'eco/green' design into my business and am hoping that this field and the level of energy increases with everyone. We need to live symbiotically with everything and everyone if we want to survive as a species.<br /><br />I am finding that the technologies are sometimes slow...ie.the lighting industry - in creating and making available lighting that is both eco and esthetic.<br /><br />Anyway, kudos to you and all the best!<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Mona<br /><br />Mona, <br />Thank you for the great feedback. I am sure we will have another opportunity to discuss this. You make a great point about the lighting and I will be writing an article on some of the developments in LEDs. The lighting industry is making progress and this warrants some discussion.<br />Thanks, Dayle

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Thanks Dayle! An important message. I share your passion for sustainable design. I still recall when you taught materials one, and I questioned you on fire retardant materials and why they aren't in all residential fabrics (what a scary...

Thanks Dayle! An important message. I share your passion for sustainable design. I still recall when you taught materials one, and I questioned you on fire retardant materials and why they aren't in all residential fabrics (what a scary thought)! You were great and tried to diplomatically explain the health consequences. Needless to say, since then I have learned a few more things about sustainable design. Great job on your report ...I look forward to receiving more!<br /><br />Karen<br /><br />Hi Karen,<br />I am so pleased you remember our discussions from class. I am still encouraging people to use fabrics that are inherently flame retardant rather than finished with chemicals that elevate the fabrics to the required fire safety standard.<br />Thanks for bringing up this topic!<br />Dayle

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Dayle, thank you for the 7 Tips. You continue to inspire us, as you did in class, to create beautiful interior designs that are in harmony with the environment.<br /><br />Regards,<br />Lyn<br />By Design<br /><br />Lyn, I appreciate the...

Dayle, thank you for the 7 Tips. You continue to inspire us, as you did in class, to create beautiful interior designs that are in harmony with the environment.<br /><br />Regards,<br />Lyn<br />By Design<br /><br />Lyn, I appreciate the endorsement from such an excellent student.<br />Thanks, Dayle

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Way to go Dayle! <br />You should be proud of your past and future achievements. Thank you for allowing we designers into your brilliant world!<br />Best, <br /><br />Tana MacDonald<br />Meye Design<br /><br />Thanks Tana!<br />Dayle

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Way to go Dayle! <br />You should be proud of your past and future achievements. Thank you for allowing we designers into your brilliant world!<br />Best, <br /><br />Tana MacDonald<br />Meye Design<br /><br />Thanks Tana!<br />Dayle

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thank you Dayle.....this info is quite valuable.....especially with the public and clients demanding more info on "green and eco-friendly" materials. I enjoy reading this very much....thanks again. Keep up the great informative work!!!!<br />...

thank you Dayle.....this info is quite valuable.....especially with the public and clients demanding more info on "green and eco-friendly" materials. I enjoy reading this very much....thanks again. Keep up the great informative work!!!!<br /> <br />Frank Fowler<br />fjfdesigns

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Thank you for such an informative read, Dayle! You have inspired me once again.<br /><br />Kathy<br />Katherine Joy Interiors

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Dayle, thank you for creating this informative newsletter and sending it to me! A new client of mine is interested in purchasing all natural, organic, bedding and furniture in the nursery for her newly adopted baby. Do you have any suppliers that...

Dayle, thank you for creating this informative newsletter and sending it to me! A new client of mine is interested in purchasing all natural, organic, bedding and furniture in the nursery for her newly adopted baby. Do you have any suppliers that you could direct me to for these items? Your input would be very much appreciated.<br />Thank you!<br />Jo-Anne Kupiec<br /><br />Jo-Anne, thanks for this great question!<br />http://www.grassrootstore.com has a line of organic baby linens. For adult organic cotton bedding, try CuddleDown Products, which can be purchased through designers or fine bedding stores.<br />Dayle

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Hi Dayle,<br />That is a wonderful brochure you've put together. Thanks for sharing it with us.<br /><br />Recently, we have started to use LED's in our pot lights. These only use 3.4 watts. Good for ambiance areas but not so much over work...

Hi Dayle,<br />That is a wonderful brochure you've put together. Thanks for sharing it with us.<br /><br />Recently, we have started to use LED's in our pot lights. These only use 3.4 watts. Good for ambiance areas but not so much over work areas such as kitchen counters. <br /><br />Regards,<br />Sara<br />Sara Nadeau Studio<br /><br />Sara, thanks for the comments. You make an excellent point about the LED lighting which uses much less electricity. I will be preparing an article on lighting for an upcoming issue of the newsletter.<br />Dayle<br /><br />Sara, see the kitchen counter article. The LEDs I used there are only 1 watt per lamp and the lumens/watt (effacacy) is now fabulous!<br />Dayle

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It is exciting to find a fellow decorator who believes in green decorating as strongly as I do! I decided to add "green decor services" to my business three years ago. I have been speaking to women's groups on the benefits of green decor and...

It is exciting to find a fellow decorator who believes in green decorating as strongly as I do! I decided to add "green decor services" to my business three years ago. I have been speaking to women's groups on the benefits of green decor and in the fall am doing a couple of half day classes through the local school board on green decorating. <br /> <br />Once again, congrats on your newsletter and on your decision to educate others on the benefits of going green.<br />Leanna<br /><br />Hi Leanna,<br />Thanks for your comments. I am delighted to hear you are achieving success in your decorating practice and with your audience who are interested in this most important 'green' message. Keep up the great work!<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Dayle

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