Three designers make up the group responsible for creating eAntiquing.com. Dot Dimiero, and her daughter Dana Aichler — who eventually became known in Houston’s design community as Dot & Dana — and Alexander Molinello, a graphic designer and publisher. Most of the group’s adult life has been devoted to design.


Dot & Dana’s first venture was a restaurant in Houston, Texas. “Mom’s Kitchen” provided a perfect venue for all of their other interests — antiques, original artwork, and gift items. As avid painters, the restaurant provided them with the gallery wall space to sell their artwork, along with the paintings of their mentor, Houston artist Kate Frost Neal. The two also enjoyed doing interior design work. After 23 years, they decided it was time to close the restaurant and pursue their main passion, antiques and interior design.


In September 2004, they converted the restaurant space, located in an old warehouse, into an elegant shop which includes five design associates who import their antiques from France, Italy, Sweden, Spain and other parts of the world. The shop is named “Twenty Six Twenty,” and in the ensuing years has become an important resource for interior designers. Dot & Dana continue to do interior design work along with their other ventures.


In 2007, under the imprimatur Disegno III, they created “Antiques Shops and Designers” magazine with Alexander Molinello. Published bi-annually, the magazine has enjoyed a great reception in the marketplace, and has provided the platform for creating a marketing venue for antique dealers by forming an online market space where designers, merchants and shoppers can gather and preview merchandise offered for sale, namely eAntiquing.com.


Born in Budapest, Hungary, Alexander Molinello studied business and art in Italy before coming to the United States. In Houston, he had his early start at The Houston Post. Eventually he became an advertising agency creative, and later a publisher. Notable of his work is Houston Life Magazine and his contribution in launching Houston Home & Garden Magazine, as well as several other publications and digital productions. An award-winner for several advertising campaigns, Alexander is the holder of numerous industry awards, including the coveted national Ozzie Gold Award for publishing excellence.


The combined design interests and love of antiques, furniture, art, magazines and all things connected, has prompted the group to create eAntiquing.com.