There is not a big chance it will happen this summer, but I'm looking at what I can do to the front yard...I've put some ideas I was thinking about together with Photoshop below.
My goal is to dress it up a little more, but not take too much away from the house, since I feel it does have a lot of character on its own. I'm hoping by introducing more flower beds I might reduce the amount of lawn, which I have a hard time keeping alive. In the summer the front 3ft of yard gets very hot and full sun all day long.
We're not too fond of the brick work above the window, but I'm quite sure covering it up would be considered sacrilege from the longtime street residents. I've been reading that Brown/Green are the more traditional Arts&Crafts-style colors...we did paint the existing color a few years ago, but not sure if it was what I was hoping for.
Does anyone have any further suggestions, or alternatives to what I have presented? Your feedback and critic are encouraged :) Thanks!