Traveling is one of the best ways to be inspired and in the world of design it's almost a necessity. There's nothing quite like it, but if you can't get away then grab a book and check out some visual inspiration that stretches your imagination and your perception of what design is, was and what can happen when you look beyond the basic perception of what style is.
Great style is more than just picking the right color, or the perfect sofa. Style is really unique and individual. Even when all the "right" elements are in place and you've made the "proper" choices, throw in the unexpected. Live in your home bravely as a pioneer of your own space, not a follower.
The pictures are from the TASCHEN book, Paris Style.