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Based in Charleston, SC and Annapolis, MD, The Guest House Studio is a boutique interior architecture and design firm making houses into homes for clients across the country. 


Founded by Christyn Dunning-Gauss, our full-service firm is uniquely qualified to blend beautiful design with sensible form and function. With a background in interior architecture and more than a decade of experience, The Guest House Studio is adept at seamlessly integrating the big three - construction, architecture and interiors - to bring your vision to fruition from drawings to drapes. 


With a focus on custom home builds, full residential renovations and interior revamps, our firm also specializes in commercial interior design, outfitting short-term rentals and staging model homes.


We believe interior design is personal. Our homes are where we celebrate our most precious moments and seek shelter from the worst. Your space should hum right along with you echoing your greatest joys and deepest passions down to every last detail. 


At Guest House Studio, we exist to help you share your story through design. Are you ready to make your house a home? 



"We love Christyn and her team! Christyn helped us remodel and redesign our family beach house in SC. We were living in Seattle while she lived in Charleston and managed every detail of our project - big and small - to turn our old, tired place into a dreamy vacation property. If you’re looking for someone with excellent taste who is incredibly professional and a pleasure to work with, you will get that and more with The Guest House Studio. I can’t praise them enough!" 

"Christyn was recommended to us by our builder. We were a bit worried about using a professional to help us design the interior of our home after a bad experience in the past, but working with Christyn was wonderful. She helped us figure out our style and came up with many great ideas. She listened to our ideas and those of our builder and worked with us until we were all happy. She was willing to work with pieces we already had and to allow us to be involved as much or as little as we wanted. The end result is magnificent and we couldn’t have done it without her."

"We used Christyn’s incredible talents to completely renovate our Isle of Palms home. This was a badly abused rental property that we still felt had ‘good bones’ despite years of long term rental abuse. Complicating the renovation was the fact that as owners, we live 8 hours away in Virginia. Christyn was our project manager, designer, decorator, problem solver and on and on, suffice to say, Christyn did it all Christyn’s vision, sense of design, impeccable sense of decorating and delightful personality made this project truly a labor of love."

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