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'Resident Dog' allows readers to see homes in a different way

National Dog Day was Aug. 26 but one author has written an entire book about the role of man's (and woman's) best friend and its place in our homes. "Resident Dog: Incredible Homes and the Dogs that Live There" (Thames & Hudson, $50) by Nicole England is part high-end design book but ode to the dogs who inhabit them. England, a writer and a photographer, says while photographing people's home she realized that the ones she liked best -- regardless of the style -- were the ones with dogs. In her new book, the dogs "get to take us on a personal tour of their home," she writes. "The presence of a dog allows to see these homes in a completely different way. "Resident Dog" comes out Tuesday.

A end of summer tradition: Franklin's Art in the Village 

A Labor Day tradition returns Monday when Franklin's Art in the Village kicks off at 10 a.m. Monday, featuring the work of more than 80 artists. Now in its 39th year and located on the Village Green in historic Franklin, art-lovers will find a bit of everything: ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more. Local artist Denise Cassidy Wood, who makes original paintings with acrylics and mixed media, is one of this year's featured artists. So is furniture maker and designer Kyle Huntoon of Hunt & Noyer who will be returning with some classics along with some new pieces. The fair runs until 5 p.m. The Village Green is located in downtown Franklin off Franklin Road between 13 Mile and 14 Mile.

Six homes featured on 56th annual Marshall Home Tour

A variety of architectural styles from various time periods including an 1868 Gothic Revival and two 19th-century Italianate-style homes will open their doors for this year's Marshall Historic Home Tour, which runs Sept. 7-8. All told, six private homes will open their doors for the 56th annual tour, including the city's only Octagon home (which was previously featured in a Homestyle story). The Bogar Theatre will also be on this year's tour along with Trinity Episcopal Church on East Mansion Street, which was completed in 1864. Tickets purchased before Sept. 3 are $20. Starting Tuesday, the price jumps to $25 per person. Shuttle buses will be available and parking is free. The home tour is one of the longest running home tours in the Midwest. Go to www.marshallhometour.org or call (269) 781-8544.  

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