There are some good decorating ideas in the November 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens. They recommend plum as a lovely color for walls; it comes in Warm Raspberry (Sherwin-Williams), Mulled Wine (Valspar), Passion Fruit (True Value Paint), and Gooseberry (Ralph Lauren Paint).
Decorating suggestions include limiting weathered-looking pieces because the effect can be worn out rather than fresh and don't be heavy-handed with a theme such as chickens and Americana. A good idea for display and notes is a cork board on the front of your fridge. And you can have the paint store dilute your paint color so it's not as dark as the chip.
There's an excellent article with photos on ornamental grasses. I love them; we have pampas grass, muhly grass, and a number of others. We use them for foundation plantings and accents along fences, the end of the driveway, and other places. They don't need the pruning that a lot of bushes do--unless you're smart enough to plant dwarf bushes or Indian hawthorn--and pull them away from the foundation! However, muhly grass has to be cut back once a year--in the spring.
Btw, Wal-Mart now has a Better Homes & Garden collection of dinnerware, linens, bedding, rugs, etc.