“I have one completely empty room,” he said. “I sleep on my couch in my living room, my clothes are hidden in my living room. People come in and look at the bedroom and say ‘What’s in that room?’ and I say ‘Nothing’ and they say ‘What do you mean nothing?’ But I don’t need it. Everything I need is in my living room.”
Where others see tiny spaces, Aguilar sees promise, having worked for 15 years transforming the city’s tiniest tenement shoeboxes into stylish enclaves. Aguilar says he can’t precisely remember when his hobby of decorating friend’s apartments metastasized into an actual company, but with a string of high-profile features, including in the New York Times, and a successful blog, business couldn’t be better.
However despite his expertise he says, there’s one problem he runs into again and again with clients.
“People won’t throw stuff away,” he said. “Without doing that process, there’s no point in doing the rest. I tell them they don’t need this stuff. That one dinner party you have every five years, that’s why you have seven pots?”