Romeo + Baglio Design, an interior design duo who launched their services just last year and are committed to making the process “simple, stress-free and fun,” are undeniably on a roll. The Ridgefield based designers and co-founders Andrea Romeo and Rebecca Baglio initially engaged several residential home decor accounts, but have recently expanded upon their commercial success by landing two high profile local retail jobs as well: Lucy’s on Main Street and Whip Blow Dry Bar and Salon opening on Governor Street this September.
The two women met several years ago after moving to Ridgefield. As their friendship developed, they realized their mutual passion for design and complementary business skills would make them an unstoppable team.
“I’ve always been drawn to interior design,” said Romeo. “Even when I was a little girl I would rearrange the furniture in my mom’s house!” Romeo is a Certified Interior Designer (CID) and received her training from New York Institute of Art and Design. She was honored to be recently featured in the 2015 Annual Interior Designers Issue of East Coast Home + Design Magazine for her work.
Baglio started her career as a corporate attorney in Manhattan, but quickly realized her love for the arts and design was her true passion. Her corporate experience and talent for business development have been fundamental to landing new accounts for the design team. “We honestly enjoy residential and commercial jobs equally,” said Baglio. “Many people find that decorating can be overwhelming, so in addition to providing great design ideas, we strive to make the process relaxed and stress-free.”
Romeo + Baglio Design have designed for accounts all over the country including Austin, Boston, Chicago and Hilton Head as well as several retail spaces in New York City. They recently completed their first local account in April 2016 when they designed Lucy’s brand new, second location in Westport.
“They are a dream to work with,” said Lucy’s owner Lisa Hemingray Savone. “I was blown away by their talent and professionalism and my new Lucy’s store just looks stunning. I was so pleased with the result that when I decided to renovate our Ridgefield location, it was a no-brainer to team up with them again.” Lucy’s Ridgefield location has now reopened with an updated, chic look and feel that is in line with the design vibe of their Westport store.
“Hiring Romeo + Baglio Design was literally the first thing I did when I decided to open Whip Salon. I was so impressed with their work at Lucy’s Westport, and on top of it they came very highly recommended,” said Amy Pal, former owner of JoyRide, who is currently opening a new blow dry bar and salon in town called Whip. “I have so much respect for their expertise, and their professionalism and creative ideas never disappoint. I’m having a ball working with them!”
“We jumped at the chance to work with Amy Pal on her new project Whip Salon knowing how successful her last businesses were in Ridgefield and Wilton,” said Romeo. “She asked us to create something that was edgy but sophisticated and it’s been an exciting challenge to pull the look together. I think people are going to be surprised when they see how different it is.”
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase our work at Lucy’s and Whip Salon and hope it will be a springboard to do even more. We absolutely love what we do,” said Baglio. “Our ultimate goal is to be the go-to design team in town.”
The team not only have complementary business skills, but design tastes as well. Romeo’s tends to gravitate to a modern, eclectic feel with pops of the unexpected. Baglio is slightly more traditional and typically goes for classic Hollywood glamour. “I think it’s true what they say,” said Romeo “opposites attract. Because Rebecca and I are drawn to different things it often takes us in unexpected directions and the end result is far better than we would have done individually. We’re better together.”