IKEA Design Manager Opens the Doors of Her Royal Oak Condo

Written by Jeanine Matlow | Photos by Rosh Sillars

myhaven03Heidi Tippery gives new meaning to “bringing work home.” Her 
condo at Royal Oak’s MarketSquare is colorful, contemporary and 
comfortable – everything you would expect from a communications
 and interior design manager for IKEA in Canton. The single
 professional shares her design secrets with Strut.

Go for Bold
Accent walls are painted a rainbow of colors –
from the chartreuse wall pictured here, to
 orange, red, blue and mustard throughout the 
loft. “I’m a very bright person,” Tippery says,
 “as in cheerful.”
 Paint is an inexpensive design statement –
 important since Tippery says she changes her
 tastes every few years. Tippery pairs the walls
 with basic furniture pieces in browns and 
taupes. Her vibrant walls are broken up by
 white walls for more impact.

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That’s Entertainment
“The greatest part of a loft,” Tippery says, “is entertaining, because you can talk
 and cook all at the same time.” The avid cook, who has hosted as many as 30
 guests in her urban setting, serves anything from fondue to Japanese food. Simple multi-colored vessels make a statement – and serve as a centerpiece on the sleek 
lines of the multi-purpose table.

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Mixed Media
Simple white bookshelves provide storage and
 divide spaces in the loft, while doorways (without
 doors – common for newly built lofts) become frames for art found by this self-confessed “art fair
 freak.” Tippery has lived and traveled across the 
globe, and is fond of three-dimensional art and 
unusual paintings, which she masterfully mixes with
 inexpensive prints – some from (you guessed it)
 IKEA. In order for something to make the cut, “It 
has to be fun,” Tippery says.

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