About Dakota Gal Design


Julie O'Hara - Owner

Raising four boys in the NW suburbs left little time for creating... 

 

We were just trying to keep the house from falling apart from them breaking windows, overflowing toilets, flooding basements and their friends trampling.

 

Moving to a new school district meant we needed to sell our house. A real estate agent friend of ours said we should expect to sell it for $450k. We decided to do some simple renovations (my husband’s a contractor) and stage the house ourselves to see if we can sell by owner first. 
 

Within the first week of putting it on the market, we had an offer for just under our listing price of $548,000, almost $100k more than most thought possible!

 

That's when I realized the importance of the story you need to tell when listing a house....

But now with a new home to renovate and live in, my energies went back into making the home cozy and functional not only for the boys, but for all who entered it. From the visual senses to the sensuous smells, to the ease of use for our daily grind.

 

When guests were over, so many were commented on how well styled the house was, and unique in the way we put it all together. All we were doing was using unique pieces that we would scramble up at antique stores, and choosing colors and fabrics to complement!

Howdy! I'm Julie


Raising four boys in the NW suburbs left little time for creating... 

 

We were just trying to keep the house from falling apart from them breaking windows, overflowing toilets, flooding basements and their friends trampling.

 

Moving to a new school district meant we needed to sell our house. A real estate agent friend of ours said we should expect to sell it for $450k. We decided to do some simple renovations (my husband’s a contractor) and stage the house ourselves to see if we can sell by owner first. 
 

Within the first week of putting it on the market, we had an offer for just under our listing price of $548,000, almost $100k more than most thought possible!

 

That's when I realized the importance of the story you need to tell when listing a house....

But now with a new home to renovate and live in, my energies went back into making the home cozy and functional not only for the boys, but for all who entered it. From the visual senses to the sensuous smells, to the ease of use for our daily grind.

 

When guests were over, so many were commented on how well styled the house was, and unique in the way we put it all together. All we were doing was using unique pieces that we would scramble up at antique stores, and choosing colors and fabrics to complement!

Soon after having a book club at the house, a few friends asked me to help with a room or two they were struggling with. That is how I came up with the simple 1-room transformation.

 

Next thing you know, a few real estate friends were asking us to stage some sticky units they had, and then boom,  were able to sell them quicker than previously hoped for.

We were off and running with a new business on our hands, having so much fun telling new stories through the homes we live in - to ourselves and the world that enters them!

 

So if you are a homeowner not loving a specific room in your house and would love it to get used and come to life, we can surely help.

 

If your a rental property owner looking to get more stable income for your Airbnb, we can get you there.

 

If you are a real estate agent looking to get a hard to sell into the hands of a new homeowner, we can tell that homes story to the world.


Soon after having a book club at the house, a few friends asked me to help with a room or two they were struggling with. That is how I came up with the simple 1-room transformation.

 

Next thing you know, a few real estate friends were asking us to stage some sticky units they had, and then boom,  were able to sell them quicker than previously hoped for.

We were off and running with a new business on our hands, having so much fun telling new stories through the homes we live in - to ourselves and the world that enters them!

 

So if you are a homeowner not loving a specific room in your house and would love it to get used and come to life, we can surely help.

 

If your a rental property owner looking to get more stable income for your Airbnb, we can get you there.

 

If you are a real estate agent looking to get a hard to sell into the hands of a new homeowner, we can tell that homes story to the world.


MY SERVICES


Staging

Sell your home or commercial property in record time - with a universally inviting design

Styling

Re-discover how it feels to be excited to go home with an interior design upgrade!

Stays

Transform your rental property from drab to fab and demand higher prices while your at it!

RESTORING WARMTH TO COLD SPACES

SINCE 1968


Contact Dakota Gal Designs


There's no obligation - I'm here to help!

julie@dakotagaldesign.com

(847) 878-4548

@thedakotagal

Rolling Meadows, IL


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