Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

August 15, 2013

I was just flipping through the new digital issue of Rue magazine (August 2013) and came upon two great features that I wanted to share with you since one has to do with photo styling with a focus on food and the other, a small Paris apartment owned by an American expat. And we all know that Paris is always a good idea. First, photo styling.

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Ok so lets talk about styling. Secrets of a Food Stylist: Aiala Hernando is the first article that caught my eye and appears on pages 32-39 – though truthfully I could have easily read an entire magazine on this topic alone. I’m not so interested in food styling for my own work (I’m definitely fixed on interiors) yet many of these tips can still be applied interiors so I had to share them with you being the decor enthusiasts that you are! Aiala Hernando – the woman behind these words – runs creative direction for a luxury Spanish gastronomic tourism firm based in San Sebastián, Spain called San Sebastián Food. She also teaches food styling and photography workshops. You can learn more about those here. I love how she talks about food styling, “A food stylist makes you want to eat a dish just by looking at it…” That’s SO the truth! Here are some of her top tips below for working with food for the perfect photo.

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

The next article, La Vie En Bleu, explores the life of 25-year-old California expat Haleigh Walsworth (her blog is called Making Magique) and her 40 square meter Paris apartment located in Le Marais district. Haleigh is a freelance digital strategist and content producer for large brands like Condé Nast, Lancôme, Perrier-Jouët, Nina Ricci and Hermès and since moving to Paris when she was in college, she’s managed to learn the language and buy an apartment all by the time she turned 25-years-old! What an inspiration to young women to get your life started at an early age and not waste time.

Being an American expat in Germany, I always love reading stories about how Americans make their life in another culture – it’s fascinating to me as I know that behind the curtain there is a lot of work and many challenges that go into the process of starting anew in a foreign country. Haleigh seems to be in it for the long term too – though she does find herself frequently traveling between LA and Paris for work. Below are some glimpses of her lovely space (more are found in Rue magazine on pages 116-1129). As you can see, she has a real affinity for Tiffany blue!

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)


So! Those are my two numero uno inspirations from Rue – anything seen or heard above resonate with you? Any favorite articles you’d like to share?

(images: rue magazine)


  • Reply Elodie (madame love) August 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Oh Holly, I saw the article about this tiny parisian flat in rue Magazine yesterday. The space is lovely! xxx

    • Reply decor8 August 15, 2013 at 11:55 am

      @Elodie – Thank you! I’ve added some additional info that the article didn’t mention so definitely check that out too!

  • Reply julia August 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm


  • Reply adictaaloscomplementos August 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    soo cute!

  • Reply Emily August 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Love those curtains! Thanks for the tips.

  • Reply Sabahnur August 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    so very inspiring!

  • Reply van den Heuvel August 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    wooow thats creat

  • Reply Connys Cottage August 15, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    @van den Heuvel:

  • Reply Mariela August 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Lovely space!! love the kitchen and all the lovely details.


  • Reply Hilary August 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I love that bird chandelier. I wonder where it’s from, or if she added the birds herself?

  • Reply Ann Gorman August 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    So pretty clean and crisp

  • Reply Pang (doingso) August 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    This is beautiful. Love the tips, and the apartment. It seems she loves anything polka dot as well; hence sweater & shoes!!!!

  • Reply Marjory August 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm


  • Reply Quyen August 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Thank you so much for these useful food photo styling tips! I am a travel blogger, but when I recreate the dishes of my travels, I am sometimes at a lost as to how to style the food (especially when my husband is rushing me so he can eat the food hot!).

  • Reply EuroLux Antiques August 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    That’s a beautiful Paris apartment – very personal and welcoming. Nice pix!

  • Reply Eloise@Rustic White August 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Love that kitchen. Some great apartment shots!

  • Reply Aileen@AtHomeinLove August 16, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I posted about Haleigh’s Paris apartment today too! It was definitely my favorite feature in this issue.

  • Reply Haleigh @ Making Magique August 16, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Oh bonjour there! My photographer friend Leela who shot those great photos of my place pointed me here – I have to say I will be returning to Decor 8! I also have to say thank you so much for your kind words about me and how pleased I am this little creative space is resonating with people! It’s my little haven (yes little! Leela’s wide angle makes it look much grander!) and happy to share it with passionate people. Bisous! – Haleigh @ Making Magique

  • Reply laura redburn // cardboardcities August 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    that first photo is stunning! love the colours so much.

  • Reply Juliana August 16, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I wish I would live in an apartement like this…it’s just beautiful with its colours, furniture and decoration details! love it!

  • Reply Susan August 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Thank you, Holly, for posting this! The post is very informative and tips are really useful. The apartment looks beautiful and cozy.

  • Reply Gwen. The Makerista August 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I just posted some invitations and it was my first attempt at shooting and styling something small like that. It’s good to hear those tips and know I did some things right and have some things to work on. :)

    What a beautiful space! The birds on the light…so whimsical!

  • Reply Kayli August 16, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Loved catching up with this post! I think taking overhead shots of your food are always important- they look clean and can mostly be edited (if the original photo wasn’t ‘nice’ enough) to look fantastic, where as, if a photo is bad from another angle, it won’t always turn out great- no matter what you do to edit it. I also loved seeing the Paris apartment- so beautiful and fun!

  • Reply Momographica August 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

    What a great post! As a photographer, I really enjoyed it!
    Terribly helpful too. Your posts are always so generous, Holly!

  • Reply Christin August 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Holly,
    Congratulations with your pregnancy!
    A couple of weeks ago you liked a photo on Instagram of some wooden playing bricks for kids wth different animals on them. My closest friend is also pregnant and I would love it if I could buy these for her. The only problem is that I dont remember where they are from!!
    This might be a weird request, but it would make me so happy if you could tell me who made them.
    Thank you so much i advance.
    Big hug from Christin

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