We believe design is personal.

Founded in April of 2015, the Guest House Studio has successfully managed more than 30 projects and counting for clients across the country with home bases in both Charleston, SC and Annapolis, MD. 


With our bread and butter in new construction and residential renovations, our firm has curated a dynamic portfolio that spans commercial interior design, short term rental revamps and model home staging. 


Since opening our doors, our full-service interior architecture and design firm has earned a sterling reputation for seamlessly integrating three major facets of a build to include construction, architecture and interiors. Press and praise includes features in Forbes, Houzz and more. 


Best believe, we’re just getting started.  


Named by Houzz among the Best Interior Designers in Charleston since 2016, Guest House Studios prides itself on clear communication, complete transparency and building lasting relationships with each and every one of our clients. 


For us, design is personal. We find timeless presentations stem from personal testimonies and spaces that tell stories. Far more than a swoon-worthy social media post, we want your space to be your sanctuary the second you walk in the door - giving you that kick off your shoes, grab a glass of wine and unwind from life feeling. 


To accomplish this, our focus begins and ends with you - your vision and your lifestyle from drawings to drapes. 


Founder, Lead Designer

From working alongside her father in small-town Pennsylvania to becoming the bosslady she is today, Christyn Dunning-Gauss passionately pursues her love of design every day.  


Pursuing her education at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro, Christyn acquired her Bachelors of Science degree in Interior Architecture in 2011.  Here she learned how to integrate all aspects of design to create spaces that were as tantalizing as they were functional.


Before opening the Guest House Studio, Christyn worked for a high-end, prestigious design firm in Annapolis, MD where she guided clients in Northern Virginia, DC, Delaware, and Maryland through dozens of commercial and residential interior design projects. 


With creativity and certifications in spades, Christyn sets a new standard in how she communicates with her clients and manages projects. She believes there is immeasurable value in making it personal by getting to know you, your why, and your how. From this, she prides herself on being able to design functional spaces that resonate for years to come and never hesitating to go above and beyond for her clients. 


In addition to her shepreneur sprint, Christyn is passionate about giving back and lives by three mottos - be kind, be selfless, be love. Putting these mantras into practice, she is proud to serve as Charleston’s Chapter President for Savvy Giving by Design and insists on fair trade and practices in every aspect of her business.   


When Christyn isn’t working, you can find her either at the beach or in the mountains of Pennsylvania, often with a good book, vinyl on the player and her furry man, Mr. Tiki, and electrician husband by her side. 


Project Manager, Savvy Giving by Design Admin

Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Sydney has a multi-faceted approach to art and design. This led her to acquire her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University in Graphic Design.


She is passionate about creating beauty in all things and is inspired by her natural surroundings.


With a background in fine art, Sydney has a keen eye for color and composition and enjoys meeting and working with new people every day.


Helping others find peace and joy in their environment is something she takes great pleasure in. She seeks variety, exploring new places, and is always interested in learning a new skill.


Sydney currently resides in Charleston, SC with her loving husband, black lab, and tortie kitty. You can find her at the beach with her pup, strolling downtown Charleston, or working on her latest painting. 


Junior Interior Designer

Anna studied Interior Design at Winthrop University where she enjoyed learning about the different aspects of the design process and enjoyed finding her own design style.


Her love for design doesn’t stop at creating beautiful spaces, but she also aims to create functional and comfortable spaces for the people using the space. Her ultimate passion and goal is to use her knowledge to make a difference through her designs.


She is excited to work with a nonprofit like Savvy Giving by Design that would give her the opportunities to make a difference through her design work. Anna is eager to learn more about the design industry and to grow as a designer here at The Guest House Studio.


Out of the office Anna enjoys traveling, hanging with friends, and finding fun new things to do in Charleston.

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