Good Questions: How To Display This Star Wars Collection (and keep the boyfriend)?

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Hello AT, My boyfriend has a VERY large collection of Star Wars items. In order for him to feel at home, this collection must be on display at all times in our large main room (Kitchen, dining, living room, and office are all combined in one loft-style space). Obviously this has a tendency to really overwhelm the room and limit other decor choices. To me, it also makes the room feel very cluttered. Getting rid of any of the collection is just not an option -- To my boyfriend that would be a dealbreaker and I want to keep him around...

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To compound this issue, recently our cat knocked a lot of the collection off a shelf and broke several of the pieces . So now my boyfriend insists that everything be put behind glass or plastic.

His solution for this is a large display case that reminds me of a high school football team trophy case. I really really don't want this thing in my apartment. Can you suggest some kind of display case or curio cabinet with a large capacity that gives off a more elegant, modern, or exotic vibe? Anything that doesn't remind me of locker rooms.

Thanks, Amanda

Dear Amanda,

Boy oh boy. Without editorializing too much (we couldn't resist the survey, however), we'd just head over to IKEA and get one of their bookcases that can be fitted with glass doors, like the BILLY.

Then you could throw in these cool GRUVA lights to illuminate the whole shebang...

Anyone else??

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.