A serene rural setting where you’re surrounded by towering trees, rugged mountains, and shimmering lakes is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. So naturally, when SoCal dwellers Gloria Noto, founder of organic cosmetics line Noto Botanics, and her partner designer Ash Owens first set eyes on the arresting 1,900-square-foot rustic hideaway that they now own, they knew it would reshape their lives. And not just in its triangular A-frame form, but by providing both a personal refuge and workspace.
Located in the remote wilderness of Crestline, California, with its cozy cabins and quaint cottages, their 1964-built midcentury marvel is the first home the creative couple have bought together. “I was in L.A. and Ash was commuting between there and New York, so we really wanted to find a home for all of us,” Gloria says. She shares a dog, Mio, and cats, Holly and Benny, with Ash. “I still keep a loft in the Arts District so we can go back and forth, but it’s nice having the option to step away from the city now, and to submerge ourselves into this sanctuary we’ve created.”
Neither wanted a costly renovation project, and thanks to its good bones, the property was the perfect turnkey opportunity. Not only that, but the home consists of three levels that include an office-cum-studio and bathroom on the ground floor, an open-plan main floor with a kitchen and dining area, and two bedrooms, a bathroom, laundry room, and Gloria’s office and art studio upstairs.