In the 2014 movie The One I Love, Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss play a couple whose marriage is falling apart. Their marriage counselor (Ted Danson) prescribes a weekend getaway in a charming white house where everything looks picture perfect. But — spoiler alert — it isn’t. In fact, some really bizarre and surreal things start happening to them there that force them to reevaluate themselves and their relationship.
Not only were the houses in the movie beautiful, but I instantly recognized the enchanted, rose-covered guest cottage as one I saw featured in Houzz. It made me do a double-take when it appeared onscreen!
I did a quick check to confirm it and, yep, in real life the cottage belongs to Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen and acts as their guest house in Ojai. Their main house is also featured in The One I Love. Take a look!
The House in “The One I Love”
Ethan and Sophie’s therapist recommends that they rent a “kind of magical” house
where many of his other clients have managed to renew their marriages.
They walk in and look around, and now I want to build bookshelves in my entry hall…
I’m going to try not to spoil the twists and turns of the movie for you by saying too much about the plot,
but let’s just say I didn’t see any of it coming!
I had to pause the movie and stare at the (huge) kitchen window and Dutch door:
The Enchanted Cottage in “The One I Love”
I recognized the cottage as the one on Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen’s property.
A quick check on IMDb.com revealed that the director of the movie is Mary’s son Charlie McDowell
(his dad is the well-known actor Malcolm McDowell; Danson is his stepdad).
When Ethan (Mark Duplass) talks to his mom on the phone, her voice sounds just like Mary’s. 🙂
.Actor Mark Duplass says a lot of the dialogue was improvised.
They were given the basic direction for the scenes and went from there.
A bedroom with wood-paneled walls that are painted white:
Besides the brief appearance by Danson, Moss and Duplass are the only actors in The One I Love.
It was easy to believe that this adorable little house had a bit of magic in it.
Danson and Steenburgen hired architect Chantal Dussouchaud to design the cottage for them.
“Because everything we do begins with a written word, whether it is acting or writing music,
we wanted a space that pays homage to writing,” Steenburgen told Houzz.
“Movies are rehearsed here, songs are written. We wanted it to be a place that breeds creativity.”
For more photos and information about the guest cottage read the article on Houzz.
Visit my Movie Houses page to see more of your faves that I’ve featured!
I’m glad your readers told you to check this out – as always, I’m inspired! Not only will I check out the film, but seeing as this is the second time this week I’ve noticed black metal curtain poles in fresh but cosy rooms with pale walls, I’m thinking the universe is telling me I need a few black accessories to make my bland rooms sing! Thank you for all the time you spend choosing and uploading the ‘best’ bits for us to drool over!
PS I’m glad I’m not the only one who spends a whole film trying trying to remember where I’ve seen a film set home before;)
Now I want to see this movie..love the place!
Ted Danson + Mary Steenburgen are one of those couples that you hope is happy when you see them. Re: their cottage — now I want to paint our front door red, like theirs! I also think that we need a Hooked on Houses weekend in Ojai. Who’s on board?
Kelly - Talk of the House says
What precious cottages! Love them both,and I will have to check out the movie as soon as I can. Thanks for doing all the research and sharing them with us!
Thank you for showing up close pics of the cottage and main house. Love that window in the kitchen. The cottage is so cute! Love the movie.
There is another house I am curious about in the movie Last Weekend. It’s streaming on Netflix. The setting is beautiful on Lake Tahoe. The grounds and the house is beautiful. I was wondering if you had seen the movie. Thank you for sharing. Claudia
Hmmm…that doesn’t ring a bell. I’ll have to look for it — thanks!
I remember seeing this in your previous post and loved it. I guess they had to sacrifice the picture of Captain Beefheart on the easel for the movie! (I’m about the same age as Mary and recognize one of the lesser known cultural icons of the sixties and seventies.) The movie sounds like one I’d like, though your remarks are very cryptic. I like the idea of an enchanted cottage that works magic on relationships, such as the original movie “The Enchanted Cottage.”
Katie Clooney says
Darling house and thanks for the movie recommendation. I always tell my husband that I like movies with pretty houses and great wardrobes. Love your blog.
Thanks, Katie! 🙂
I do have room in my entrance way to build bookcases. And I love books.
But I’m not sure if I could cope with the busy-ness everytime I came in the front door.
Donna from Australia
OMG! We just watched this movie a few weeks ago. It gave me a very weird feeling by the end, though I loved it and I totally loved the house. I kind of thought it looked like Ojai (I live in Ventura nearby) so was really excited to see this article. Thanks!
Oh, Julia! Thanks for this one! I go weak-kneed when I see floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, and the cottagen behind the pool is just perfect.
Yes, like everyone else, I will be tracking this film down so I can see it al. Thanks!
The first time I ever went crazy for a movie “house,” it was Peter Seller’s massive house in “Being There.” Which. of course, is a very famous estate. After I tracked it down a book – many years before internet searching was the norm – I actually went to North Carolina just to see the Biltmore. It was stunning, but not as charming as this cottage 🙂
Alie B says
This looks like an interesting movie. I really liked this actress in Mad Men. It would be difficult to be unhappy in a lovely place like this, wouldn’t it? I think a getaway like this would be therapeutic for any marriage. I will definitely check this movie out! 🙂
Ooooh, I love this house and cottage! I’ve always wanted a wall of bookshelves. Looking at this place makes me think I’d like the people who live there.
Esther George says
Hi Julia I’ve just this movie to must see list. I couldn’t have high bookshelves I’m too short so I had a book cabinet made in olive green, glass doors about 6′ w x 4.5 tall, gorgeous Mackenzie Childs scented tassels hanging from the door knobs, made by a kitchen company, they did a beautiful job it’s quite striking in the lounge room. After all that, I can not compete with above book shelves and as for the rest of the cottage don’t get me started it’s beautiful. Thank you for sharing beauty. Regards Esther from Sydney. PS I’m going back to take a closer look.
So I watched the movie on Tuesday because we had a snow day.
Freaky. Freaky freaky freaky.
Isn’t it? I just really didn’t expect that! It’s one of those movies I wasn’t able to stop thinking about after, for sure.
I was just in Ojai last weekend for the first time. Beautiful area, I’ll be going back! Love this property, Ted and Mary have great taste!