Holger Obenaus photographs three stunning properties for Charleston Style & Design
Before the global pandemic halted travel plans and projects, Holger Obenaus journeyed to Charleston, South Carolina to work with Charleston Style & Design for their recently released Spring 2020 edition.
While there, he photographed three magnificent properties for the publication — including the cover feature, a new Wadmalaw Island country house. This masterpiece was designed by architect Bill Huey with a traditional Lowcountry style and a layout that maximizes views of the river directly outside. While it’s not an easy feat to capture such an expansive home and confine it to squares on a page, Holger invites each and every reader into space, revealing the home’s innate affinity for fresh formality, hospitality, and indoor-outdoor entertaining.
Holger also takes us through two other stellar homes in this issue of Charleston Style & Design.
One, a downtown Federal-style home comes equipped with more than 200 years of history; it was originally built in 1810. But, Charleston interior designer Merrill Benfield added global finesse and personalization specific to its homeowners all while protecting the home’s integrity. At first glance, you may not even notice the level of detail in Holger’s architectural photos, captured at just the right angle. Play “I spy” with family heirlooms blended with antiques from all over the world.
Lastly, Holger brought to life nothing short of a “five-star paradise” on Daniel Island, a dream home inspired by the family’s travels. This build-your-own-resort project was imagined by Ryan Butler of Shelter Custom-Built Living who infused the home with classic New England-style architecture and modern elements. Part of a photographer’s art is knowing what to reveal and what to leave to the imagination, and Holger focused his lens on dynamic features like a custom waterwall, a bedroom with brass-inlaid Venetian plaster and a private staircase, and a backyard with a swimming pool, koi pond, and putting green.
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