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RELAX, CHILDREN, your Domestic Goddess is back. Chin extra-taut, eyes newly youthful, thighs free of dimple — to hunt high, low and all around this little kingdom of ours for the cool, the groovy and the plain, old OMG.

Think of moi as your own personal shopper. Your Goddess’ nose hits in the air at the tiniest whiff of innovation. Reading the Domestic Goddess will bring fun and adventure to your life. The Domestic Goddess is zesty. Got it? Get it? Gotta get it!

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Here’s a bright idea

This summer’s color is . . . bright.

Bright jeans, bright jackets, bright everything. The brighter the better. (One hopes this is not out of fear of another sunless summer. We at HQ are biting our bright red lips over the possibility.)

This brings us to two of our favorite places to snag the Gear of Summer: Cost Plus World Market and Crate & Barrel. At Cost Plus it’s Rio bright, Bali bright, two lines chock full o’ color. So many choices make the Goddess in serious need of a sit-down. And here’s one for all seasons, outside or in, the Pompeian Metal Accent Stool. The barrel-style piece sits 18 inches high. Powder-coated steel (red, white, blue), $59.95.

Like your seating a little cushier? Crate & Barrel’s got that. Outdoor Bean Bags (and pillows and dishware and more) in fabulous and fun Marimekko prints, around $69.95. Keeper alert!

Tip of the week

Have you seen “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” either version? Great primers on Danish modernism, says Theresa Krim, studio account exec with Seattle’s Design Within Reach. Once you’ve watched the movie(s), you will be armed with knowledge (not to mention a nifty maneuver for humiliating aggressors using a tattoo gun).

And then, you might have need of:

The Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner. In 1944 he started a chair series inspired by portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Ming Chairs. (Wut?) One was the Wishbone, made by Danish firm Carl Hansen & Son since 1950. Steam-bent, solid-wood frame with a paper-cord woven seat.

“It’s super classic, says Aaron Peterson, DWR’s regional manager. “People either know it or think they know it. It comes in great colors; it’s made in Denmark.” $800 or so. Heirloom!

Or . . . Poul Henningsen’s PH 3/2 Pendant. Born in 1926, it’s a member of the PH 3-shade family, a series of light fixtures designed by Henningsen for glare-free, economically distributed light. The three glass shades are arranged in a relationship of 3:2:1, drawing their reflections over a logarithmic spiral (math!), which places the light source directly in the spiral’s focal point.

Peterson again: “It dispenses the light beautifully. Great seller, it’s 700 bucks and it adds a little spice to any room.”

Our local store is at 1918 First Ave., Seattle.

The city of your dreams

This you’ve got to see, it’s so dreamy beautiful: the imaginary city of Lladró’s Metropolis Collection. These pieces work for a living; they are not sit-on-their-rump tsotchkes. Vases, lamps, mirrors and boxes with design elements representing retro-futuristic buildings with surfaces inspired by Moorish patterns.

They’re from the Lladró Atelier collection. The pieces, overseen by Spanish artist Jaime Hayón, are handcrafted at the company’s workshops in Valencia, Spain.

Lladró pounds out porcelain in many forms. But those buildings. Oof. They’ll run you $225 to $600 a piece.

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