We gave a copy of The Way We Live: An Ultimate Treasury for Global Design Inspiration to a friend as a gift for Christmas. But to be honest, we had a hard time giving it up. We were oh-so-very-tempted to keep it for ourselves. By Stafford Cliff, with beautiful photographs by Gilles de Chabaneix, the book is amazing. Focusing on home design in all parts of the world, it includes architectural styles and decorating details. The 480-page book is essentially an encyclopedia of style. Although the list price is $75, one of these days we'll treat ourselves -- we know it's one book we'll turn to again and again for inspiration. Available at Amazon and other booksellers.