Our First Meeting

Two hour consultation in your home.   We will discuss your design dilemmas and work together to find solutions.  I will email a detailed written summary of our meeting including all design solutions that were discussed on site within 3 business days. After our first meeting, you can schedule additional design consultation hours or request full service design. If the full service design package is for you, the initial two hour fee will be credited back.

Fee: $300*




Design Consulting

Appointments available to you in any amount of time. Use my design expertise in any way you choose. We can meet in your home or a store of your choosing. The time is 100% yours to use how you wish.

Fee: $150* per hr.




Full Service Design

Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t have the time to implement the project yourself? This package is for you. With full service design, we are in it together for the long haul. I will assist you from start to finish with your project. I will organize the project by providing you weekly email updates & to-do lists, provide construction documents, furniture plans, present you with furnishings and materials and assist in organizing any construction happening in your home.

The design project will be broken up into three phases.

Phase I will include;

  • Construction Documents

  • Floor Plans

  • Elevations

  • Material & Furniture Selections

Phase II will include;

  • Bids

  • Order Processing

  • Order Follow Up and Tracking

  • Construction and Site Visits

Phase III will include;

  • Delivery and Installation

Fee: Initial payment is due before Phase I and is retainer-based. The retainer amount is a calculated estimate based on the scope of the project and time estimated to complete Phase I. I take only a certain number of full service design projects on at one time based on the complexity of work involved. This allows me to be available to you and trades people for emails, phone calls, meetings and site visits on short notice. Phase II and Phase III are billed hourly at $175 per hour. All documents created during Phase I are the property of the homeowner. You may elect to enlist services from Dawn Riolo Design for only Phase I and complete the remainder of the project on your own, in your own time.

 Why is the consulting fee lower than the full service design fee?

Consulting is an exchange of ideas and design solutions that you will implement on your own.

Full service design will include drawings, selection(s) of materials that I will present to you, orders to process, vendors and contractors to communicate with and much more communication between you, the client, and myself via phone and email. I do not bill for these items, they are absorbed into the hourly fee. Billable hours include site visits, in person meetings, drawings and selection of materials.


*Any amount of time over the scheduled allotted time for our first meeting or design consultation meetings are billed additionally at $150 per hour.