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Debbie Gwaltnie is getting plenty of attention for turning her Ferndale home into the ultimate Seahawks celebration. (Photo courtesy Debbie Gwaltnie)

Ultimate 12th fan turns home into Seahawks shrine

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You think you're a big Seahawks fan? You'd be hard pressed to top the Ferndale woman who turned her entire house into a celebration of the Super Bowl champs.

Debbie Gwaltney has been a lifelong Seahawks fan. The single mother of two grew up going to games with her grandparents, who had season tickets since the team joined the league.

So when it came time to re-side her home last summer, she had little doubt what color she would go with.

"Blue is my favorite color and football is my favorite sport, so it was pretty much a no-brainer. I was going to paint my house Seahawks blue."

She didn't stop there. She went to Home Depot and got the NFL color scheme (yes, there is such a thing.) She went with the white trim, and then painted the front door lime green to match the Seahawks colors.

"Everybody just kept telling me 'you've got to paint the garage door lime green as well,'" so she did. But something was still missing. "And all I could think the perfect thing to do was have a Seahawks beak going across my door."

Debbie hired a Bellingham company to wrap her garage door with the Seahawks logo and the number 12. You'd figure that would be enough, but not for Debbie. She loved the garage door so much, she decided to get the Seahawks logo and 12 affixed to her car as well.

"It's just so much fun. I leave my garage in my Seahawks car and I have a big smile on my face and when I drive home I have a big smile on my face," she says.

Debbie admits she worried about the response from neighbors, but says the enthusiasm has been overwhelming. People stop to take pictures of her house and give her honks and waves on the road.

"I had no idea. This is just something my kids and I did for fun because we love the Seahawks so much and we love sports so much," she says. "The excitement and the enthusiasm has just been wonderful."

Her love for everything Seahawks extends inside the house where she has a number of rooms decked out in team colors and memorabilia, from a billiards room to the bathroom. Debbie, who had to put going to games on hold to pay for her son's college, says it'll always be a work in progress for her and her boys.

"So it's kind of just like an ongoing fun project as I see it," she says.

KIRO Radio's Jillian Raftery contributed to this report.


Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.
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