Inspired renovation revives the spirit of an 1800 cape
Photographed by Kindra Clineff/Styled by Terry John Woods Of all his many treasures, Grdich’s most prized antique is the seventeenth-century painting of a fortune teller hanging above the nineteenth-century Anglo-Indian sideboard in the living room.
Frank Grdich has no explanation for what prompted him to do it. Even 16 years since he first laid eyes on the little cape on the Maine coast, he still draws a blank. All he can come up with is, “Something drew us here; it was destiny,” when probed about how he and his partner, William Floyd, came to their Kennebunk home. But clearly, the ocean had something to do with it. It might have been the fog rolling in off the coast, or perhaps Grdich’s Croatian roots played a part in the impetus, or maybe it has to do with the fact that Frank Grdich is a Pisces. But, if you figure that the couple’s last port of call was Ipswich, Massachusetts, you begin to see a pattern.