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Maureen Feighan
Detroit News Design Writer

Franklin hosts 34th annual art show on Monday

More than 85 artists will showcase their wares at this year’s Art in the Village, Franklin’s premier fine art fair, which runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Labor Day. Beautiful glass, pottery, fiber, furniture, jewelry, photography, painting, watercolor, wood, sculpture and metal will be on display at the 34th annual show. There also will be musical performances by Sean Blackman and Rennie Kaufmann. For information, go to franklinartinthevillage.com.

‘Ypsi Roadshow’ to feature free antique appraisals

Inspired by the popular TV show “Antiques Roadshow,” local salvage operator Materials Unlimited in Ypsilanti — featured Aug. 8 in Homestyle — will be offering appraisals from three antiques experts 1-4 p.m. on Sept. 7. They’ll be looking at art, architectural salvage, period lighting, pottery, furniture and stained and beveled glass. Call ahead for unique items or large items. Materials Unlimited is at 2 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti; call (734) 483-6980 for information.

Labor Day may be here, but fall isn’t — yet

Yes, summer is winding to a close. And yes, Labor Day is Monday, meaning school starts for most on Tuesday. But Martin Kohl of Macomb Township has a message for us all: It’s not fall yet. His photo, “Relax ... It’s Not Fall Yet,” features a large bed of black-eyed susans and four colorful Adirondack chairs. His photo is this week’s winner of the Homestyle Garden Photo Contest. He’ll win a free home or garden book. He’ll also be a finalist for the grand prize — a $100 gift card to English Gardens. Next week, we’ll announce the final weekly winner and then the grand prize on Sept. 12. To enter your last best garden photo, go to detroitnews.com/gardenphotos by noon Thursday.

Tips for going green in the bathroom

Here’s a disturbing factoid: 17 billion cardboard toilet paper tubes are thrown away every year — 38 million in Detroit alone. Traverse City’s own Carter Oosterhouse, HGTV star and carpenter, wants us to pay attention to our carbon footprint, and he wants us to start in the bathroom. Here a few more of Oosterhouse’s eco-friendly bathroom tips.

Save water with every flush:

Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank by soaking off the label, filling the bottle with water, replacing the cap and placing it in the tank (a small plastic juice bottle or laundry soap bottle works well). In five minutes, you will begin to save 1 or 2 gallons per flush. Less water is needed to fill the tank and less water is being flushed. Make sure the bottle doesn't interfere with the flushing mechanism.

Go green:

Consider using Earth-friendly products. Scott Naturals just introduced its new Tube-Free bath tissue, which has removed the cardboard core so it has no tube.

Ditch the bottle:

Consider using bar soaps, which are friendlier for the environment (and your budget). The carbon footprint of liquid soaps is about 25 percent larger than that of bar soaps.

Install tankless water heater:

With a tankless water heater, you only heat the water you use, saving energy and money. Gas water heaters give off an average of 58 percent fewer carbon emissions than electric ones.

Blogging sisters’ new book offers DIY projects, ideas

Sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman have been called the “Martha Stewarts of the Anthropologie set.” Their fun, whimsical blog —abeautifulmess.com — is filled with DIY projects on everything from how to make a chic dog bed to honeycomb shelves. Now, they have a new book, released this week. “A Beautiful Mess: Happy Handmade Home — Painting, Crafting, and Decorating a Cheerful, More Inspiring Space” ($21.99 Pottery Style) is filled with more than 100 ideas and brand new projects. It also includes some recipes and styling tips.