We all spend a lot of our lives online, but when you're in the tech sector, it can be especially hard to disconnect. That's why San Francisco-based couple Simone Buchwalter and Hung Nguyen decided to create a removed retreat in Marfa, Texas. (Simone manages a customer success team at LinkedIn and Hung is CEO of Ozmotik, a content analytics agency.) Every few months, the couple heads out to their modern-industrial home in the desert to decompress and take advantage of a community that brings the comfort of small-town life while still offering a creative arts and entertainment scene. The residence (which they rent out on Airbnb when they're not there) is a reflection of the city/country duality that Simone and Hung find so satisfying. "There's a mix of industrial with the minimalist aesthetic — we live in the city, and these spaces make us feel comfortable," says Hung. At the same time, an expansive patio encourages guests to sit and take in the quiet beauty of the desert.
Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014).