O’Neal, who is originally from Texas, moved to NYC four years ago and knew he wanted to live in downtown Manhattan. But transitioning from the roomy residences of Austin to a much more modest dwelling in the Big Apple took some getting used to and some serious paring down.
“Living in a small space is all about editing,” the 26-year-old told 6sqft. “You have to remove to grow.”
And we’d say Dustin is growing into his home quite nicely judging from its chic and unique decor, which includes a geometric wallpapered ceiling in shades of lilac and lavender, a distinctive neon “Hunter” sign, and eclectic artwork gifted by friends and family.
However, Dustin does keep it real when it comes to the struggles of micro dwelling:
“The challenges of living in a small space actually change as I get older,” he said. “The struggle of keeping a tiny apartment clean and organized is very real, but once I got that under control I now just feel like I need more space to think, period. My work is incredibly high stress and, coming from Texas, I’m used to throwing myself on a huge leather couch and wrestling my dogs on the rug when I need a break. But in my apartment the only comfortable place to sit, or eat, or watch Netflix, is on my bed. Guess it’s not a problem when a boyfriend’s around, but a friendly dinner party starts to feel like a sleepover when your dining table is an Ikea duvet.”
For more photos of Dustin’s space and to learn more about his design philosophy, head on over to 6sqft.