A Couple Live Aboard a Tiny Bohemian House Boat

A Couple Live Aboard a Tiny Bohemian House Boat

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Marisa Vitale
Nov 14, 2018

Name: Kajon Cermak and Bob Muellner
Location: Marina Del Rey, California
Size: 40' LOA, 13.5' Beam
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Kajon and Bob raised their family in Thousand Oaks, but as their kids got older and their schedules got busier, having to commute to west L.A. for work felt like more and more of a hassle. The couple's creative solution was a fun one: They decided to simply go all in and live on a 40-foot house boat during the week!

If you live in L.A. and you listen to KCRW, you no doubt will recognize Kajon's name as the one that gives you the traffic report! Coming from a theatrical background—and admitting that she has zero sense of direction—she is the perfect traffic host as she explains the situations in ways that people actually understand (and with simply the best voice possible)!

Though there can be a lot of unexpected expenses to living on a boat, as a described by Kajon in this news piece, it's also a way to skip sky-high rents if you want to be close to the water.

Kajon and Bob met 40 years ago when they were both working at the Ambassador East Hotel at the Pump Room. Bob was bartending and Kajon was a cocktail waitress. Many years and kids later, they now both work in Santa Monica and love living the small, nautical lifestyle. Boat living during the week means better commutes, but it also affords them more time to relax after work: Most evenings you'll likely find Kajon, Bob, and their pup, Zuzu, sitting outside on their deck and enjoying the sunset and the view.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/our Style: Bohemian eclectic.

Inspiration: Living and loving.

Favorite Element: Water.

Biggest Challenge: Small space living with so much love for all the things.

What Friends Say: How did you make this dream come true?

Biggest Embarrassment: None, so far!

Proudest DIY: The artwork.

Biggest Indulgence: A girl has got to have her shoes. Even though there's not much room, I need options!

Best Advice: Just do it. If you have a dream, don't wait around 'til later. Make it happen!

Dream Sources: Lovin' everything at my friend Betsy's shop The Estate of Things. Always late night shopping on ShopBop and would spend it all at the Santa Monica Antiques Fair when I want my eBay vintage textile trolling to feel a little bit more like real life.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy )

Resources

PAINT & COLORS
All original mahogany and teak wood and parquet flooring in this 1981 boat

FORWARD NAV
Remote Candles — Amazon
Crystal Decanter Collection — Vintage and gifted. My sister was an original Playboy Bunny and I got this crystal piece from our days in Chicago when my brother and I couldn't afford to get something nice for our mom and she bought this for us to give her.
Various Baskets — World Market
Husband Bob loves the little sailboat in his whiskey. It came from Amazon believe it or not!

FORWARD STATEROOM
Indian Hand-Printed Bedding — Amazon
Turkish Kilim Pillows — Shop TEOT
Blanket — Gift from our daughter Greer when we first bought the boat
Various Baskets — World Market
My newfound obsession with global textiles came from late night texts with my friend Betsy, co-owner of a sweet little home decor shop called The Estate of Things

SALON
Vintage Sari — From our daughter Aja's trip to Thailand, something that she collects for me when she travels abroad
Turkish Kilim Pillows — Shop TEOT
World Map Pillow — Similar one from Society6
Macramé Plant Hanger — Shop TEOT

GALLEY
Zero Water — We believe in a good PH Balance
Stacking Tea Pitcher
Hanging Fruit Bowl — Shop TEOT

AFT STATEROOM
Hat – Anniversary gift from Bob on a trip to Hawaii. Always wanted a real Panama hat. Turns out that these original, handmade hats are crafted in Ecuador, Newt at the Royal Hawaiian
Indian Hand-Printed Bedding — Amazon
Favorite Frida Kahlo print — ModCloth
Jewelry Hooks — World Market
Books, jewelry, collectibles — All unique and were collected or gifted over time.
Pillows — Shop TEOT
Handmade Mask — From our daughter, Sebrin, during one of her trips as TheClumsyTraveler.

AFT HEAD
Himalayan Salt Globe — Wayfair
Vintage Pottery — Similar on Etsy

AFT DECK/QUARTERDECK
Modular Outdoor Seating — Wayfair
Round Sunning Lounge — Wayfair
Global Textiles and Pillows — Shop TEOT

Thanks, Kajon and Bob!


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