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.

brentwood_lynne_guy_diana_dayle_300A Green Upholstery Fabrics seminar was presented by Dayle Laing to a packed audience of interior decorators and interior designers in the showroom of Brentwood Classics of Vaughan, Ontario on April 29, 2009.

Dayle delivered the straight answers about how to select the best choices for beautiful and sustainable upholstery fabrics, while focusing on Brentwood’s in-house collection. She answered why ‘green foam' is an advantage and whether you should you select natural or synthetic fibres to make upholstery choices sustainable.

The audience responded with excellent and thought-provoking questions resulting in a rousing dialogue. Dayle thanks Brentwood for inviting her to speak in their beautiful showroom.

Dayle delivered the seminar with enthusiasm, passion and charm!  Dayle made sure that all of my objectives were met in her presentation. Nothing but positive feedback from our clients was sent our way and we acquired new customers as a direct result of the seminar. Thanks again to Dayle for her advocacy on green products; her on-going research is a true benefit to our industry!”

Diana Sisto, Marketing Manager, Brentwood Classics  

Here is what seminar attendees had to say about the event:

Dayle, thanks for a very informative session at Brentwood. They deserve to be applauded for their leadership role in the furniture business. It was a great presentation and you were very professional, yet fun. Well done!”

Nanette Snel, Toronto, ON

Excellent, informative and presented very well. Great natural educator.”

Bette Jane Jelly, Etobicoke, ON

Dayle, thank you so much for all the very important information about dangerous chemicals and products that are so much a part of our daily lives, not to mention useful information for greening (not greenwashing) our interior decorating practices.”

Sharyn Kastelic, North York, ON

Dayle is a very knowledgeable speaker who is lovely and very approachable. I retained a lot of information from her seminar.”

Carmela Principe, Maple, ON

It is important to encourage those in the industry who are on the pathway to better, more environmentally friendly products. Our support means greater strides for them and products that are better for our health and health of our planet!

To discuss a sustainable interior design seminar that would be beneficial to your audience, contact Dayle's office to discuss the possibilities at               905-846-3221        or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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I would truly return for another seminar with regards to "what's new in green". Thanks for your great advice and wonderful presentation.<br /><br />Gloria :D<br /><br />You are welcome, Gloria.<br />Dayle

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Hello Dayle, <br /><br />Just wanted to say thank you for the seminar on Green Upholstery Fabrics that you recently presented at Brentwood Classics. It was well-researched, informative and relevant to all of us in the design field. I'm confident...

Hello Dayle, <br /><br />Just wanted to say thank you for the seminar on Green Upholstery Fabrics that you recently presented at Brentwood Classics. It was well-researched, informative and relevant to all of us in the design field. I'm confident that sharing this knowledge with our clients will have a positive impact on our planet. Kudos for a great job and I look forward to hearing you speak again. <br /><br />Kind regards, <br />Vanessa Francis <br />Vanessa Francis Design <br /><br />Thank you Vanessa for the kind words. I look forward to seeing you at a future seminar!<br />Dayle

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Dayle, I know it's been a while since your session at Brentwood Classics that I attended, but I just wanted to say that I really appreciated your advice. It was great to receive encouragement from fellow designers. <br /><br />At present I am...

Dayle, I know it's been a while since your session at Brentwood Classics that I attended, but I just wanted to say that I really appreciated your advice. It was great to receive encouragement from fellow designers. <br /><br />At present I am decorating for a client with 5 dogs and a cat! I just remembered today that you had said that you used microfibre covered cushions for a window seat for your dogs. My client wants 3 different window seats in velvet but I will suggest the microfibre for durability and maintenance. Do you have any ideas on sofa fabrics? I was thinking that slip-covered leather sofas would be good but am not sure if the leather would be too slippery with slip covers.<br /><br />Thanks again for all the great info on green design, and your kitchen is great.<br />Colleen Cann<br /><br />Colleen,<br />Thanks for your question and comments! You are quite right that leather would be potentially slippery. For slipcovers, it would be likely too stiff, not washable, and could scratch with animal claws. Also, the underside of the cushion needs to be in fabric so the cushion does not fall off the sofa and for breathability reasons.<br /><br />I like the polyester microfibre for dogs on furniture. There are several different kinds on the market. Look for a moderate weight and an abrasion count of around 40,000 double rubs. The fabrics with the highest rub count may be very durable, but too stiff for slipcovering. The fabrics with the much lower rub count may wear out too quickly and not wash as well. The supplier may not say the fabric is washable on the label. To be really practical, it must be able to be washed. To test, take a small piece, say, 25cm x 25cm and wash on delicate cycle in cold water and see if it shrinks or the colour bleeds. In my experience, the microfibre I used did fade a bit, but not noticeably, and it did wash very well.<br /><br />I would also be very clear with the client and put it in writing that there will not be a guarantee on the performance when washed, but that this is probably the best solution for the circumstances of heavy use by many animals!<br /><br />Good luck with this Colleen,<br />Dayle

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