Need exterior cosmetic advice for brick Georgian.

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This Chicago brick Georgian built in the 1940's needs some TLC.

I need to replace the shutters and paint the bay window, including the roof. And repair the bay gutter. Any opinions on colors would be welcome. I'd also like to replace the light fixture.

I recently transplanted hostas along the front. They look like a droopy mess right now, but should be tidy bunches next spring. The bushes will be trimmed back some. I'd like to overhaul the front landscaping at some point, but I don't have the time/money right now.

Our fence is black. I'm not open to changing the color of the fence, since it's powder-coated and maintenance free. Is black something that I should bring to the front of the house?

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