This is the latest vignette in the side corner of the window at Camas Antiques, and I thought you might get a bit of inspiration from this idea. I put a cute little corner writing desk in the alcove and I needed something as a backdrop up on top of the desk.
I discovered a pair of sheered curtain shutters in a fellow junker's booth space at Camas Antiques and I placed them, slightly folded, across the two back sides. Using Italian paperclips (they look like little spiral circle things) I hung some old snapshots. (You could do the same thing with postcards, old letters, or quotes) Aaaah, instant charm.
The fabric adds texture and the wood frames add interest as well. Plus, when used in a corner like this, they extend the desk area up to eye level when looking at it from across the room.(I think this idea would work great above a dresser too!) It's funny, 'coz I've seen old curtained shutters a few times at thrift shops and salvage yards, and just passed them by. You can bet that I'll grab them up next time I see some.