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A Dream Home Renovation Complete with Oversized Kitchen Island

This kitchen island is the king of all kitchen islands. Complete with a sink, four pendants floating above, four bar stools, storage and the prettiest blue hue? It is with no question, the show-stopper of this home renovation by Danielle Campbell Design Inc. And basically a dream for any entertaining-lover. View the full tour captured by Tami McInnis in The Vault!

From Danielle Campbell Design Inc.What initially started out as a kitchen consultation morphed into a whole home renovation. My clients called me in to discuss their need for a larger entertaining space. They have a family of 5 and often many guests. Their house sits horizontally on the property leaving the interior long and narrow. Great outdoor entertaining space in the summer but nothing inside during the winter.

They wanted to take out the wall between the kitchen and dining room but it still left them with a narrow floor plan. Through the design process we deemed “Version 2.0” a winning floor plan. This plan rotated the kitchen to take the full width of the house (+/-25′) and have a very large island (14′ x 4′) to accommodate extra guests and prep/ cooking surface. This eliminated the walls between original kitchen/ dining and then dining/family (family room located at the front of the house upon entry). We removed a set of doors at the entrance so that your first view in the house was a breathtaking kitchen and open entertainment area.

The client wanted a more traditional interior, but we added some personality with use of colour on the kitchen island, introducing wood tones, soft print and other earthy colours throughout the space.

Highlights of the main level renovation:
– (2) dishwashers
– Thermador appliance package
– Desk area that doubles for TV watching. TV on remote controlled lift that hides TV in upper cabinet when not in use.
– Sub-Zero wine fridge with (2) beverage drawers located in wet bar
– Stain on site solid hardwood throughout (main level and upstairs)

Once my clients were committed to this extensive main level renovation, they decided to take on renovating the upstairs as well. We reconfigured the master bedroom to include a larger bathroom, walk-in closet, sitting area with fireplace and a separate space for sleeping. Then we reworked the existing 4 bedrooms to improve closet space and functionality.

My clients were such lovely people to work with through this whole process. As a professional, it has been one of my favourite projects to date. They trusted the process of working with a Licensed Interior Designer; Information Gathering, Concept Development, Working Drawings/ Permit, Tendering, Construction. Danielle Campbell Design specializes in taking a project from concept to completion. We have a Rolodex of trusted contractors and only work with the best to ensure our client’s project is completed with quality. When clients understand and trust our process, their job is done with minor complications and has a beautiful end result.

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Photography: Tami McInnis | Appliances: Coast Wholesale Appliances | Contractor: Jack Kuklinski | Countertops: Surface Spectrum | Custom Millwork: Ritcey Custom Cabinetry | Furniture: Dala Decor | Interior Design: Danielle Campbell Design Inc. | Tile Throughout: Mettro Source

Just When We thought S’mores Couldn’t Get Any Better, This Happened

Just when we thought s’mores couldn’t possibly get any better, this marrying of ice cream and that classic marshmallow treat happened. The S’mores Ice Cream Tart is the yummiest dessert that will probably ever come in contact with your mouth. Trust us. Take your s’mores dessert up a notch this summer with this yummiest of treats. Psst… find more delicious dessert ideas this way.

Some substitutions or additions to take this already good dessert up a notch:

  • Big dollops of peanut butter swirled into the ice cream or placed on top
    marshmallow fluff instead of mini marshmallows
  • Speaking of marshmallows, throw a blow torch on those marshmallows after you put them on top to give them a little toast
  • Caramel popcorn as an addition to the mix
  • Salted pretzels as an addition to the mix
S'mores Ice Cream Tart
prep time
1 Hour/s 30 Minute/s
cook time
10 Minute/s
total time
1 Hour/s 40 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 5 cups golden graham cereal
  • 1 stick of butter, very soft or melted
  • 4-5 cups ice cream, very soft
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (double that if you want extra caramel)
  • 1 cup chocolate chipsl
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • 1 cup hershey's chocolate squares
  • 1 cup golden graham cereal
  1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the cereal until it's a fine crumb. Add in your butter and combine completely until it resembles wet sand. Press into the base and sides of a tart pan.
  2. Add your ice cream and spread around until it's evenly distributed across your crust. Pour on your caramel then swirl with a knife. Place in the freezer for about an hour to set.
  3. Meanwhile, slowly melt your chocolate using a double boiler OR in the microwave in 20 second increments. Remove your tart from the freezer and pour your melted chocolate right on top. Spread quickly as the chocolate will begin to harden.
  4. Still moving quickly, add on your other toppings: cereal, chocolate squares and marshmallows. You can give it another round of caramel if you want! Using a piece of parchment paper, press everything down firmly.
  5. Place in the freezer for at least an hour or until you're ready to devour!
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The Only Packing List You Need for a Weekend in Newport, Rhode Island

If you’re planning a weekend away to Newport, there are a few essentials that should be stowed away in your weekender bag. Think stripes and crisp summer whites that are beach friendly and heavy on the New England nautical. With these must-haves in tow you will fit right in to this Rhode Island seaside gem. And for a full list of must sees in Newport, check out our mini guide!

What to Pack for a Weekend in Newport
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What to Pack for a Weekend in Newport
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