Founder Collective-backed Project Decor is like Pinterest for home design
News from GigaOM:

Design junkies are getting yet another platform for ogling pretty products.

Project Decor, a social home decorating platform, said Wednesday that it will open its site for an invite-only beta launch on June 18. The New York-based site, founded by serial entrepreneurs Andy Appelbaum and Cliff Sirlin, said it has raised about $ 1.6 million in seed funding from Founder Collective, LaunchCapital and other angel investors.

Like Pinterest, the image-centric site lets users express their sense of design by collecting pictures of products and sharing them with friends. But instead of “pinning” products, users “tear” them and instead of displaying them on “pin boards,” users arrange them in “rooms.”

On the platform, members can design their own virtual rooms, as well as share them with friends and follow other users and professional designers. The company said it will also offer customers a way to purchase products they see, including those that are normally only available to people who work in the home design business.

Between the plethora of home design products already displayed on Pinterest and

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Canadian firm CPI joins Decorating Den Interiors
News from Home Accents Today:

Home Accents Today Staff — Home Accents Today, 5/30/2012 2:05:58 PM

EASTON, Md. – Decorating Den Interiors announced that CPI Interiors, a 14-year-old design firm in Ottawa, Ontario, is converting to a Decorating Den Interiors franchise. In addition, CPI founders Jerome and Catherine Pulcine will assume ownership of current business and future development rights for the Decorating Den franchise in the Province of Ontario.

“This is a major milestone in our expansion in North America,” said James S. Bugg, Jr., president and CEO, Decorating Den Interiors. “The Pulcines built a very successful business similar to ours. Joining with us will provide them with the means to expand their local business and create new opportunities for others in Ontario to have their own interior decorating business. Additionally, the Pulcines will bring solid experience and leadership for the existing Decorating Den Interiors franchises in Ontario.”

Bugg noted the positive contributions to date of Linda and John Fagg, who have owned the Ontario franchise rights since 1989 and, during that time, developed operating franchises in 11 cities throughout the province.

“We have been exploring ways to expand and to add locations and we found an ideal match in Decorating Den Interiors,” said Jerome Pulcine. “We both believe in a lo…………… continues on Home Accents Today

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