Improve your home for the holidays

These four projects will not only improve your guests' experience, but also add to your own quality of life all year round.

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Illuminate the walkway
Illuminate the walkway
Cost: about $350 for a 15-foot walk

Mounted on stakes you simply press into the ground, solar-powered LED lights automatically click on as the sun sets. Hammacher.com's ($70 each) will run up to eight hours after an even moderately sunny day.

Space the lights every three to six feet on only one side of a fairly direct walk or both sides if it's a winding path, says New Haven lighting designer Mark Loeffler.


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Last updated November 22 2010: 7:51 AM ET
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