When Chicago condo dwellers Kurt Baldassari and Virginia Devlin decided it was time to escape their city’s harsh winters once and for all, there was just one thing they couldn’t compromise on—the home had to be a mid-century modern. They found exactly that on a charming street called Barefoot Lane in Palm Beach County, Florida. The home was built in 1956 by Byron Simonson, an accomplished architect from the Palm Beach area whose residential designs are hard to come by today. The couple worked with architect Jeffrey Silberstein to preserve the home’s mid-century touches, while creating a light-filled space that feels current.
The renovation involved painting the house white and extending the roofline over the front door with an open trellis to create a more welcoming entrance. Photo courtesy the owners.
The house, pre-renovation. It was designed by local architect Byron Simonson in 1956. Photo courtesy the owners.
The home, which is 1,708 square feet, features an open layout with floor-to-ceiling windows that are energy efficient. Photo courtesy of the owners.
Some of architect Jeffrey Silberstein’s updates include a new roof and a well-groomed garden area that was achieved with xeriscaping techniques. Photo courtesy of the owners.
Ample windows offer a clear view of the lush landscape outdoors. Photo courtesy of the owners.
As part of the renovation, the living room was converted into the master bedroom. The design was kept simple; details like the painted brick wall add a dose of charm. Photo courtesy of the owners.
Another one of the home's light-filled spaces, the bathroom includes Wetstyle sinks and blue tiling. Photo courtesy of the owners.