I finally had a chance to work on the front yard a little. I decided to do perennials only (mostly just shades of green - some do bloom) with red mulch. I think it complements our house just enough. We also added some walkway lights to tie it all together. I'm going for the 'less is more' approach.
Now, let's just hope I can (1) keep these alive and (2) keep the grass out!! A mother's work is never done! And, I love every minute of it!!