Since you say there's a lot of space in the middle, you might consider creating a 'zone' or two by repositioning a few pieces of furniture so that not all of it is lined up flat against a wall?
 Perhaps consider making one or two hinged, standing screens to visually section-off a zone or two?
Just about anything flat & reasonably sturdy, whether old or new, could be made into a screen by hinging the widths together : window shutters, doors, plastic or wood lattice, etc etc. Besides decorating a screen any way you like, it can be useful too, if you want or need them to be (e.g., hang or pin or tack things on it).
Depending on how high the ceiling is, though... in an 11x12 room -- if that's in feet..? -- you might not want completely-solid screens, &/or you might want them around 'see-over' height, not much higher than that.
Speaking merely as one who lived through the A. Hepburn era (as well as quite a bit of K. Hepburn's plus all of Marilyn's) ...
I think Audrey would be a great idea. Even if only as a style icon or influence, which she definitely was. Still is, as a matter of fact -- well, until/unless the nouveau-boho trend takes hold with a vengeance and kicks the recent 'ladylike' trends into total yesterday.
Look at it this way -- If by chance you chose a Marilyn image, for example (aside from the fact that it might be overdone/overused as an eral icon) : Would you necessarily approve of all/any of 'her' screen portrayals or screen images as an 'actual female role model' either...? Few of us females did, even back in the day. Nor even Audrey's. As for Katherine... hmm,well, in some ways that might possibly be a different matter.
As pure decoration, or just as 'representative' of some particular era or some particular film style, there's nothing wrong with any of those three. For a genuine female role model -- just me personally, I think I'd look somewhere other than Hollywood, lol.
Possibly a whole lot darker than what you want, but I think it might be reasonably close to the 'idea' of what you want? [by sheer coincidence, I'd bought numerous things from that ebay seller in the past -- super-nice to deal with, and the fabrics I received were *really* nice ones].
Hi there! Never tried the starch technique on anything, myself, but ... I'm thinking the whole point of using starch is that it's water-soluble thus any residue is (theoretically) fairly easy to wipe off.
But... I'm also thinking that whether the process (putting up then removing the cloth & getting off any residue) would negatively affect or would even work on existing wallpaper might depend on 'what kind' of wallpaper it is :: Thin/paper-y? Thick/vinyl-y? Flat/textured? Washable? or at least reasonably damp-wipe-able? [[Also possibly what condition it's in.. any scrapes, slits, punctures through which water/dampness might penetrate? ]]
Anyway, maybe you could find something as close to the stuff as possible -- hopefully something really cheap -- buy as little of it as humanly possible, and do a few little.. er.. 'off-the-wall' experiments with some cheap cloth & some starch.
One other possibility, if you haven't already tried it, is to ask the landlord if you please please please may put up new wallpaper. Believe it or not that does occasionally work -- especially if you offer to show him/her a few samples ('all' of which, of course, 'you' really like) & let her/him help choose one.
Thanks so much for the links -- especially dharmatrading... Kinda doubt if I could use 'bolts' of fabric, but for hand embroidery & for some decorating (also occasionally some verrrry-simple clothes sewing, definitely no experienced-seamstress here, lol), I absoutely love all sorts of silks & linens. Also really like the idea of playin around with those hemp & hemp-blend fabrics -- pretty tough to find, at least around here.
hmm, yes, sorta... I think it's called counterbalancing.. some sort of complex principle of advanced quantum physics, no doubt... lolol! But now, I'm only *assuming* that you mean a 'strung' necklace? (that is, not offloom type or loom type beadweaving technique? I know nothing about that type of jewelrymaking)
If you do mean bead'stringing' though ...
I was lol'ing above because I've had zero-zilch success myself with completely working out the concept of counterbalance on paper or on a bead board or anything 'beforehand' (I dunno, maybe it takes a physicist or engineer, which fer-sure ain't me!).
Allllways ended up having to temporarily-string the thing numerous times, continually trying different stuff, til somehow by some miracle I got it to hang/balance the way I wanted it to (but then, sometimes I never did get to that point).
If there's any easier-quicker way to do it, hope someone will reveal it to both of us!
I realize this post is a bit old, so maybe by now you've already resolved the situation .. but thought I'd bump this up, just in case not.
I'm not at all sure I know what a mushroom chair is.. lol! but.. You might possibly consider the ollld bedroom dorm/idea of flat piece of wood plus, under each of the short sides, enough bricks/concrete blocks or some other easily-stackable things to make the top whatever height you need it to be. You can try places like thrift shops/flea markets/'junque' shops/etc for the makings.
For example, for the top, you could use jus about anything flat and either square or rectangular --- say for example, an old salvaged door or a fairly-inexpensive unfinished wood door.
For the supports underneath each end, you can buy or salvage nearly anything that's readily stackable and not liable to tip over or slide apart easily, such as those open concrete blocks, or used bricks, & so on.
Or, perhaps some sort of stackable wooden crates(try lumber yards, for example; might be something salvageable there) -- or those sturdy, thick but lightweight plastic crates used to transport/deliver/carry sodas (some grocery stores & convenience stores just give them away for the asking). Or, maybe several collapsible/foldable type plastic cartons -- found in places like Walmart, dollar stores, Big Lots/Odd Lots, DIY home improvement stores, etc (shop around for good prices but do be sure they aren't too flimsy). You can 'weight' them to keep them from sliding, if necessary, by stacking them on their sides & using them as bookshelves or for storing other heavy-ish, nonbreakable items.
ok flying_babyb about the nightstand again (hm can ya tell I'm kinda fixated on that particular situation for some reason?! )...
Depending on the height & general size of one of those bamboo tables, or the floor box -- not sure I understand what that is -- or the tv stand, or even maybe one of the shelves (floor type?) or bookcases might be... maybe consider trying one of those beside the bed? Normally it doesn't matter a bit if one or two pieces of furniture in a room are "not" lined-up dead against a wall or otherwise perfectly aligned but instead set at an angle or set partially-sticking-out-into the room. In fact, it often adds visual interest as well as convenience.
If he pieces you already have just aren't right for bedside use -- say maybe too high or too big or unstable or whatever -- try flea markets/ 'junque' shops/ thrift shops/ unfinished furniture stores/ Ikea/ etc for something suitable but inexpensive that you could fix up to blend in with your decor.
Or think about making your own -- With the right pieces of wood & a few basic workshop hand tools it shouldn't be too hard to make a simple open-ish design nightstand-size box with a few shelves (oh say for one example: sides made sort of like a ladder with shelves that just slide through them)... and instead of bothering with making actual drawers, just use open-top baskets.
One other thing, though --- because your bed is in an alcove (? at least that's how it sounds), you might want to consider adding caster wheels to whatever bedside piece you choose, so that you can easily move it out of the way when you need to make the bed/change the linens.
Many herbs love heat+sun... but... it's possible that a big problem for most plants in a location like you have could be humidity(from cooking, hot sink water, dishwasher, etc?) &-or lack of air circulation. If that's the case, herbs may not be a great choice either.
How about some sort of cute lil display.. maybe a collection of flea-market/thrift shop teapots or cups&saucers... Or, depending on that humidity situation, maybe bunches of pretty & useful "dried" herbs.
Or, use the area for storing less-commonly-used but still important items such as pots , or bowls , or kitchen utensils (maybe in some nice old jars from fleamarket/thriftshop).
Mainly storage/partly display is how we use the 2 shelves across window over double sink and also 2 shelves across another window over a long counter in our kitchen --- because unfortunately with plants the problem for us has been "not-enough" sunlight. [I also stack clean kitchen towels there but mine are all-white, not sure that would work with colored ones even in our situation, maybe not yours either, because of sun-fading]
Just curious -- you mean something to hold & display your own jewelry on (at home), or something to display jewelry-for-sale on? For at-home display, I've seen several posts on the jewelry/trinkets boards that mentioned fleamarket/thriftshop cup rack type things (either the standing kind of cup rack or the expandable wall-mount kind). I suppose you could try making something similar to the standing type -- say maybe with part of an old broom or mop handle, some sort of base, some leather or other cord, & some pencils.. ? (unsharpened, lol). [[oops forgot to mention maybe trying actual tree or shrub branches.. ?]] Might also try a Craftster search for this board & the other jewelry board too; for search term try cup rack, or maybe also just the word display or the word storage.