A focal pendant or component always guides me along with what I want out of a finished piece. I've also thumbed through a few beading mags to see some of their tutorials and a few pieces have inspired me from there, as well.
a trip to your craft store of choice is another great space for inspiration.
Bead & Button & Wire Work are 2 great magazines with all kinds of projects and details outlined for you.
Fire Mountain Gems & Beads has many pages of projects, ideas, and inspirations on their website too.