Mary Ellen Polson

New York, NY USA

Professional Experience

Creative content editor and writer of articles, tips, and books on home renovation, design, remodeling, products, and outdoor spaces. Organized, deadline-driven self starter; strong teamwork ethic. Solid web search and image processing skills.


Book Author
2 Years
13 Years
20 Years


Arts & Humanities
13 Years
Consumer Products
20 Years
Home & Garden
15 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
13 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
13 Years
Newspaper - Local/Regional
4 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Old House Interiors (10+), Arts & Crafts Homes (10+), Home Buyer Publications (10+)

Other Work History

Senior Editor, Old House Interiors and Arts & Crafts Homes June 2000 - Present Writer and editor for two national shelter magazines, Old House Interiors (bi-monthly) and Arts & Crafts Homes (quarterly). I write and edit several departments and well features in every issue, specializing in service journalism pieces and products round ups. Author, The Taunton Press 2005 - 2006 Author of the Curb Appeal Idea Book (The Taunton Press, 2006) and the Trim Idea Book (The Taunton Press, 2005). Senior Editor at Old House Journal 1996 - 2000 I developed trends and travel pieces and recast a standing feature on the old-house experience into a signature personality profile. Produced and edited several departments and features in each issue, including: JournalFOB mix of news, trends pieces, and fun items Well featuresFrom step-by-step guides to restoration projects to space-saving bath renovations Restoration ProductsTraditional builders' and home furnishing products

Computer Skills

Office Suite for Mac (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) Photoshop, InCopy, Adobe Acrobat


Mediabistro Avant Guild (since 2001)


Editing examples

Homeowner and expert tips on choosing exterior house colors.

writing samples

A round-up of new, period-friendly looks in utilitarian lighting.
An essay about my experiences as a volunteer with a restoration group in southern France