First off, I'd say loose the two shutters on the front. Awnings fazed out shutters, so they are purely decorational now. However, they just don't work when they don't appear operational at all... too short to cover windows and awnings in the way. For the awnings, I'd say to paint the classic, with every other slat painted black. The garage door kills the appearance too. For the landscaping, I'd say a few simple, low maintence evergreen shrubs, similar to this boxwood (However, it is currently sold out. Should be back in the spring.) Plant a few spaced infront of the porch on either side of the steps. Odd numbers like three on each side usually are the most appealing. http://parkseed.com/buxus-sempervire...alley/p/48606/
Also, freshen up the steps with a new coat of durable, oil-based paint.