Mary Ellen likes to live by the poolside.

Finance Director

As our director of all-things-financial, from invoicing and quarterly reporting to forecasting and billing, Mary Ellen knows her numbers. She also knows how to crochet a truly excellent sweater for her sweet great niece Mia Rose. And she's a lover of all things Italian, especially cavatellis. When she's not manning the books, she can be found hanging out with her family and pet parottlet.

Before Taylor: Finance manager at Brandman’s in Norwalk. Controller and bookkeeper at Focus Vision and QTV-Autocue, both of Stamford. Educated at Sacred Heart Academy, Stamford, and Norwalk Community College.

Recommended digital field trips: Instagram

Favorite IRL field trips: Italy

Taylor Design Blog


50,000 Legos Can Make for a Wave of Fun

What fun would it be to create artworks with plastic building blocks as your full-time job? Japanese artist, Jumpei Mitsui is one of 21 LEGO Certified Professionals in the world. Sounds like a future job opportunity for one or both of the Fichandler twins. The two of them are masters with LEGOs, but I think… Read More


A Passion for Historical Fashion

Angela Clayton is a 20-year-old who has a passion for creating her own garments with a historical flare. Her work is incredibly stunning. Actually, I should say it’s breathtaking. Her designs are fit for royalty. The intricate details are astonishing. When you see her work, you will be amazed that she began her creative design… Read More


Making the Globe

Bellerby & Co. Globemakers are based in London, England. Peter Bellerby started the roots of his company because of a quest he was on to find the perfect gift for his Father’s 80th birthday. In his search, he found nothing that was suitable to his liking or his dad’s, so he set out to make… Read More


They’re Not Photographs

Cat lover or not, these stunning drawings will blow your mind! Yes, I said drawings! They are so realistic that they sparked a debate online as to whether they were actually photographs. These mind-blowing drawings are created by an 18-year-old Japanese student by the name of Haruki Kudo. Haruki spends about 40 hours on each… Read More


What Lifts You

#Whatliftsyou This hashtag has over 194K posts on Instagram. I am sure many of you have seen these famous interactive mural angel wings in numerous photos, or if you are lucky, in numerous places. Today, some of the faraway places they can be seen are Sydney, Hong Kong, Galway, Cape Town, and London. The first… Read More


Pet Rocks

Akie Nakata is a Japanese artist that turns found stones and rocks into adorable, life-like animals that you can hold in the palm of your hand. Akie is a self-taught artist that has enjoyed collecting stones since she was a small child. In each stone that she chooses, she sees a real characteristic. In 2011,… Read More


A Japanese Tip

No tipping is usually the customer rule of thumb in food establishments in Japan. Yuki Tatsumi was working as a waiter in a restaurant, when he noticed as he was bussing a table, a customer had intricately folded up the paper chopstick sleeve and left it behind. He began to realize that other customers were… Read More


.0635 : 100

Watch out LEGO! Make way for electronic parts! Zayd Menk, a 17 year-old student from Zimbabwe, created a 0.0635 : 100 scale model of Manhattan using recycled electronic parts. It took him three months to create this masterpiece. Can you imagine building with 263 hot glue sticks, 27 motherboards, 11 processors, 15 batteries, 2 clocks,… Read More


It’s Every Day. (Or, Advertising’s Grammar Goofs)

I recently purchased a personalized gift to give to my eldest daughter for her wedding day. When I received a photo of the item I purchased, I was thrilled with the way it had turned out. I emailed the designer back to let her know that I loved it. After my message was sent, I looked… Read More