The old cottage try

Monday, June 25, 2001 at 1:00am

When it's summer, I have about as much use for a formal interior as I do for a scratchy old wool coat. Now is the time to lighten up in more ways than one. My thoughts turn to a house right out of one of my illustrations: a summer cottage with airy touches.

"It's a style that embraces you," agrees Marcia Del Castillo, co-owner of Once Upon a Cottage in Covina, Calif. The shop and Marcia's interior decorating business sprang from people admiring her own home, very English in its influence.

Marcia's No. 1 tip for creating a cottage look is to use plenty of roses in your decor

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