“We Swedes always yearn for the light.” That’s Marie-Christine “Kiki” Alvord explaining the boldly hued housewares—fiery red goblets, cabinets the color of robin eggs—in her Madison Valley shop, SWEDISH HEIRLOOMS. Having spent the first half of her life suffering through long winters in Stockholm—“It’s like living in a wet wool sock”—Alvord knew just what sun-deprived Seattleites needed: Brightly colored decorative items that serve as salves against seasonal affective disorder. She also has tea sets from Rörstrand (opened in 1726), a 69-piece glassware set that includes half schnapps glasses (“for the ladies”), and signed birch wood Rococo chairs handmade in 1849.