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A Kiawah Island home’s beauty starts from within.

You’ve heard the saying, “beauty starts from the inside out.” It applies to architecture, too — at least when it comes to this 5,000-square-foot, seaside home on Kiawah Island featured in a recent issue of Charleston Style & Design.

Here, form truly follows function, and that’s exactly how architect Marc Camens intended it. But, naturally, the first thing you’ll notice is the grand, shingle-style exterior, tucked into the marsh setting and dutifully documented by photographer Holger Obenaus.

Once inside, plenty of other things will catch your eye, though — from the intricate tile and trim, to the unique ceiling details and lighting, casual-plush furnishings, and more. You might also zoom in on the postcard-perfect views from the windows of every room that Holger captured in all their glory. Or, you may be swooning over the turquoise accents sprinkled throughout… wet bar, dining room chairs, window treatments, and the list goes on. Perhaps the impressive photos of the vast outdoor living area invited you to lounge in front of the majestic stone fireplace or take a dip in the hot tub and saltwater pool.

All of that beauty is well and good, but Marc would say it’s secondary to his core mission: ensuring the home functions for its family. He even spent a weekend fully integrating into these Kiawah Island homeowners’ lives to ensure he created just the right gathering spaces for their love of entertaining, cooking, and watching sports together.

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So, what you won’t see pictured are the true inner workings — the family dinners, the game-time gatherings, the kids’ sleepovers. But, it doesn’t take much to imagine all that livability amidst Holger’s inviting photos.

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