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Head-turning home tour turns 21
"A nautical theme, an eye-popping view of Admiralty Inlet and a sophisticated elegance mark the home of Marilyn Nataupsky, shown here in the main living area of her 2,980-square-foot bluff home.John Knowlton/staff photosWhat you'll see and where you'll beTickets for the 21st annual South Whidbey Republican Women's Home Tour on Saturday, July 21, will be available through July 20 at The Briar Patch in Freeland, The Heron in Langley and Korner Pharmacy in Clinton.On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Community Room of Washington Mutual Bank in Freeland after 9 a.m. Refreshments also will be available at the bank.In addition to the Nataupsky home, the South Whidbey tour will have these residences:The Fouts Home, Freeland. This 1,500-square-foot home is next to a fairway at Holmes Harbor Golf Course and has an expansive view of grass and trees, giving it a country feel even though it's built on a small lot. Inside, the house is filled with treasures brought back from China and displayed throughout.The Olson Home, Freeland. This home is reminiscent of summer homes along the Connecticut shore or Nantucket, with its wraparound porch and wide lawn sweeping down to the beach. Inside, the antique-filled house has an American flag displayed somewhere in every room-in a painting, on a ship model or in an unexpected place.The Morrow Home, Freeland.This log house with an enormous deck displays Federick Remington sculptures and paintings of the Old West, yet one gets a feel of merry Old England as well. The house is large, comfortable and richly decorated with gardens that are a labor of love by the owners.The Madsen Home, Langley. This condominium has room to spare at 3,700 square feet with high ceilings and skylights. A large living/dining area opens to a deck full of plants and views of the shipping lanes in Admiralty Inlet. The master bedroom suite and guest bedroom, each with bath, are upstairs with a magnificent view.With its 21st birthday this month, the South Whidbey Republican Women's Home Tour is ready for a night on the town. To celebrate the event, the tour is decked out with a look and feel that is designed to turn more than a few heads.The tour features everything from a log home to a spacious condo, from a fairway view to a 240-degree view of Admiralty Inlet. Features in this year's homes will generate ideas that homeowners might want to adapt for their dwelling, said Marian Fitzpatrick, home tour organizer.Tourgoers want to see houses that people actually live in, said Fitzpatrick, who has organized all of the 21 tours.The home with the 240-degree view of the inlet is on Windmill Drive in Freeland and belongs to Marilyn Nataupsky. It is a 1960s bluff house that was turned into an elegant 2,980-square-foot residence through a major award-winning remodel in 1996.The home was remodeled by Herb Hunt of Freeland, who incorporated a barrel vault ceiling into the main living area that contributes greatly to the nautical feel of the house. Hunt also used other curved surfaces, such as the master bedroom's 5-pane bay window with built-in window seat, curved countertops in the kitchen and two porthole windows along the hallway leading to the living area.The nautical design in the 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home creates a Nantucket-like cottage effect without taking away from the breathtaking views.The view is primary, said Nataupsky, who recently located here permanently from Illinois, and the house doesn't compete with it.Its use of subtle colors and natural light, complemented by fine paintings, antiques and glassware, create a feel of elegance within a cottage setting. A Dutch windmill theme runs throughout the home, as does an English-country garden look.The grounds include more than 2,000 plants, many of a drought-resistant variety, along with a gravel path that surrounds the place. Earlier this week a deer was standing in the path, nibbling some of the plants. Along the path is a pond fed by six tiny waterfalls.Entering the house, visitors are greeted by a slate tile entry and a maple stairway. A maple floor runs throughout the main living area, and eight maple columns are strategically placed throughout.The main floor includes one of the most successful outcomes of a challenge faced by Hunt and Nataupsky: To blend white wainscoting, maple and an oak-mantled fireplace in a way that preserves the living area's subtleness and open-air feel.The main area includes gigantic windows and an entry to the prow-shaped deck with breathtaking views of the Olympics, the entrance to Hood Canal, Seattle to the south and Double Bluff beach to the southeast. Also on the main floor is the kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom.The upper portion of the home is its master bedroom, with separate bathroom, walk-in closet and stunning views to the west and north.The lower floor includes a C-shaped family-entertainment room, a third bedroom. a bathroom, home office for Nataupsky's interior design business, and a two-car garage. The lower area also has a separate entrance that affords privacy for downstairs guests. "