Established in 1995 Outside Living provides professional landscape design and management services. We specialise in residential landscape design and pool design.
Our understanding of design principles is strengthened by extensive horticultural knowledge – allowing us to create beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces. We have a strong understanding of regulatory requirements and can provide a complete service in design, development approval applications and styling - making a difficult process easy for our clients.
"Our sincere thanks for taking the pressure off us. As usual a job well done." Sue and Greg, Warrawee.
"Wanted to let you know what a fantastic job you did on our back garden. It is everything we wanted and we are enjoying the beauty of it every day. We love it." Bernadette, Pymble.
About Karen Staunton-Ross
Karen is a qualified and practising horticulturist, landscape designer and technician.
Following careers in teaching and in finance, she completed studies in Horticulture, Landscape Design and Bushland Regeneration at Ryde TAFE. Her outstanding academic achievements were recognised when she was awarded the TAFE NSW State Medal for Outstanding Performance plus the Landscape Contractors of NSW Most Outstanding Student Award.
Karen has experience in landscape design and documentation and report writing and presentation as well as landscape management.
Karen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM). She served on National Council from 2005 til 2015, as Treasurer from 2008 til 2015 and the Hidden Design Festival co-ordinator from 2015 to 2018. Karen also represents AILDM on the committee reviewing the Australian Standard AS1926.1 - Swimming pool safety - Safety barriers for swimming pools.
About Vanessa Walsh
Vanessa is a qualified Landscape Designer, graduating with a Diploma of Landscape Design from Ryde TAFE in November 2017. Following a career in marketing and administration, Vanessa decided to combine her love for plants, gardens and design.
Vanessa is a creative and critical thinker and loves the challenge of designing outdoors, looking for ways to improve the customer's experience and use of their outdoor spaces. She is always on the look out for products, plants and ideas to use in future designs. Inspired by nature from spending time camping, hiking, sailing, cycling and walking on Sydney's northern beaches - she prefers natural textures, materials and colours.
Vanessa is a Board member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) and was an Assistant Co-ordinator for the Hidden Design Festival 2018.