I got some thread work done on the 'background'. I particularly wanted to lighten it up under the chair because there isn't much value change. I accomplished this by putting some free-motion thread work in a lighter shade of gray over that area. I'm still not sure it's light enough, but the quilting, if done in a lighter shade will lighten it up even more.
Here you see it pinned and ready for quilting. This is the part that makes me nervous!