We hosted the "Melrose Kitchen Tour" today which was a huge success with over 200 people visiting our kitchen and home, braving some raw New England weather. In preparation for the visits today, I decided to make a few updates to our living room to freshen things up, so there was a lot of activity on the homefront to say the least. Our home is quite monochromatic for the most part, which is great as it creates an easy flow from room to room and the overall feeling is one of calm and tranquility and it is quite timeless. What this particular room was missing though, was a true focal point and perhaps a little color splash. I added this great almost black, charcoal color to the end wall, which allows the trim to pop, but also brings attention to the detailed ceiling. Next was the addition of the bright sofa cushions which tie in the "Le Furet" print at the entrance to the room. And lastly the two ottomans at the fireplace were added after they were painted black to tie in with the balance of the room. They had a previous life in a natural wicker color, but two cans of paint and 20 minutes later produced this great addition to the living room. I guess it is still a work in progress, but we're loving living with the new updates.