Here is Girl's Gone Child before:
And here is Girl's Gone Child after:
I moved her category links into the top of the right column below the banner ad, and I moved her social media links to the middle of the right sidebar where I also added the search widget she requested. We had to sacrifice some of the white space in order to make it work, but I think we were able to stick with Danielle's initial design fairly closely.
All in all, I feel like we were able to accomplish what she wanted without making any truly detrimental sacrifices. Success!