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Paris Apartment & Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

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.

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.

Photo Styling Secrets (via Rue mag)

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)

Posted by decor8 in inspiration on August 15, 2013

Your comments...

  1. Elodie (madame love) commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 11:54am

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

  2. decor8 commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 11:55am

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

  3. julia commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 12:15pm

    julia´s last blog post ..Tout en légèreté!

  4. adictaaloscomplementos commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 1:06pm

    soo cute!
    adictaaloscomplementos´s last blog post ..Las bicicletas son para el verano

  5. Emily commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 1:12pm

    Love those curtains! Thanks for the tips.
    Emily´s last blog post ..5 Steps Towards Joy

  6. Sabahnur commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 1:44pm

    so very inspiring!
    Sabahnur´s last blog post ..Creative Space

  7. van den Heuvel commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 2:57pm

    wooow thats creat

  8. Connys Cottage commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 2:57pm

    @van den Heuvel:
    Connys Cottage´s last blog post ..Eiscreme schnell selber machen

  9. Mariela commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 3:24pm

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

    Mariela´s last blog post ..Etsy love!

  10. Hilary commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 3:29pm

    I love that bird chandelier. I wonder where it’s from, or if she added the birds herself?
    Hilary´s last blog post ..Coconuttiest Shortbread Cookies

  11. Ann Gorman commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 4:05pm

    So pretty clean and crisp

  12. Pang (doingso) commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 4:27pm

    This is beautiful. Love the tips, and the apartment. It seems she loves anything polka dot as well; hence sweater & shoes!!!!
    Pang (doingso)´s last blog post ..Red (Protea) – Blue (Nigella) bouquet…

  13. Marjory commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 4:56pm

    Marjory´s last blog post ..Your Spirited Flesh

  14. Quyen commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 7:00pm

    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!).

    Quyen´s last blog post ..arm yourself with SPF

  15. decor8 commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 8:42pm
  16. EuroLux Antiques commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 10:13pm

    That’s a beautiful Paris apartment – very personal and welcoming. Nice pix!
    EuroLux Antiques´s last blog post ..Bookshelf: Vacation Homes, Living Artfully, Period Gardens

  17. Eloise@Rustic White commented
    August 15th, 2013 at 10:44pm

    Love that kitchen. Some great apartment shots!

  18. Aileen@AtHomeinLove commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 8:30am

    I posted about Haleigh’s Paris apartment today too! It was definitely my favorite feature in this issue.
    Aileen@AtHomeinLove´s last blog post ..La Vie En Bleu: A Pretty Apartment in Paris

  19. Haleigh @ Making Magique commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 8:34am

    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
    Haleigh @ Making Magique´s last blog post ..THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD : WEEK N°23

  20. laura redburn // cardboardcities commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 10:36am

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

  21. Juliana commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 1:21pm

    I wish I would live in an apartement like this…it’s just beautiful with its colours, furniture and decoration details! love it!
    Juliana´s last blog post ..Endlich auswandern

  22. Susan commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 3:51pm

    Thank you, Holly, for posting this! The post is very informative and tips are really useful. The apartment looks beautiful and cozy.
    Susan´s last blog post ..Ice Cream Chairs

  23. Gwen. The Makerista commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 3:59pm

    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!
    Gwen. The Makerista´s last blog post ..The Making of a Party: Xander’s 4th on Friday the 13th | The Invitations

  24. Kayli commented
    August 16th, 2013 at 10:44pm

    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!
    Kayli´s last blog post ..11 Things About Me

  25. Momographica commented
    August 17th, 2013 at 8:46am

    What a great post! As a photographer, I really enjoyed it!
    Terribly helpful too. Your posts are always so generous, Holly!
    Momographica´s last blog post ..Rome Postcards

  26. Christin commented
    August 19th, 2013 at 8:54pm

    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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