Rachel Brown

Rachel has worked in various capacities including as an interior designer, a teacher, an academic counselor, and the proud owner of a new blog, Yellow Finch & Co. Most importantly, she has been the presider over hundreds of tea parties, birthdays, and balls and the reader of a thousand books for her three girls. 


Her own sense of design combined with her experience allow her to create beautiful spaces that are authentic and meaningful.  Her practical experience with interior design began when she and her husband began renovating their first historic home in the early 2000s and has continued with every home they have owned.  She and her husband have renovated four historic homes of different styles and types. 


The way that she approaches her work is made richer and more nuanced by her own breadth of experience. She has been fortunate to live abroad and travel widely, experiencing many cultures first hand. She has gained inspiration from the history and culture of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, and her understanding of the world has deepened. These opportunities have fueled within her a deep respect for the creative impulses and artistic endeavors of people all over the world and the power of collaborative ideas.


She holds a B.S. in Political Science and an M.A in International Affairs. She currently working as a freelance writer. She lives in Rome, Italy with her family. You can find her searching the antique markets in Rome for the perfect oil painting or working to improve her Italian. 

  • EXPERTISE: Home Decor, Interior Design, Renovation
  • EDUCATION: B.S. in Political Science and an M.A in International Affairs
  • LOCATION: Rome, Italy
  • TITLE: Interior Design Contributor

Rachel Brown's Latest Stories

Fall Backyard Ideas to Make Your Home the Gathering Place of the Season
2023 Fall Front Porch Spruce-Up Ideas
13 Cool Pieces of Furniture with Hidden Compartments
18 Cozy Patio Ideas to Get Your Space Ready for Autumn 
12 Autumn Home Decor Trends to Display Seasonal Style
15 Fall Harvest Porch Decor Ideas
How to Pick a Pumpkin for Fall Decorations That Last All Season
Fall Decluttering: Embrace the Simplicity of the Season
Your Essential Guide to Greenboard Drywall
Follow This Fall Cleaning Checklist for Every Room
11 Fall Color Home Decor Ideas for a Seasonal Boost
How to Select A Drywall Primer for Your Project
Wainscoting Ideas: How to Get a Distinctive Look
Wainscoting Basics: Types, Cost, and Finishings
How to Determine the Correct Drywall Screw Spacing
Drywall Sizes: Length, Width, and Thickness
Drywall Recycling: Reducing Environmental Impact?
How Much Weight Can Drywall Hold?
10 Drywall Alternatives and Their Pros and Cons
House Number Meaning in Numerology
Understanding the Significance of Numerology in Everyday Life
Exploring the History and Symbolism of the Buddha Statue
Drywall Anchors: What You Need To Know Before You Begin
Standard Counter Height and Why You May Want to Break the Rule
Boho Style Ideas to Create a Chic Look For Your Home 
Should You Put a Couch in Front of a Window?
How to Determine Your Optimal Feng Shui Sleeping Direction
Protection Crystals and How to Use Them in Feng Shui
Steps to a Successful Foundation Inspection
Pros and Cons of Types of Foundations for Houses and Buildings
Grey Marble: Popular Types and Ways to Use it in Your Home
Measuring Density in Aggregate and Why it Matters
What is Aggregate? Types, Properties, and Uses
Red Marble: The Bold and Striking Qualities and Uses
How to Work With Sandy Soil: Your Roadmap to a Successful Garden
11 Common Uses for Sand in the Constructed and Natural World
Density of Sand: How the Density of Sand Impacts its Usage
Types of Sand by Origin, Color, and Grade
What is Sand? Sources and Composition
Silica Sand: Source, Properties, Types, and Uses
Brick Masonry: Terms, Types, and Tips
The Purpose and Rules for a Feng Shui Water Fountain
Feng Shui House Numbers and What They Mean
Symbolism of a Feng Shui Elephant in the Home
How to Use Feng Shui Wind Chimes to Enhance Energy Flow
Why and How to Paint MDF
Differences Between MDF Vs. HDF
Difference Between MDF and Plywood
Types and Sizes of Plywood
How to Waterproof MDF: Easy and Effective Methods
Is MDF Waterproof? And Other Related Questions  
The Many and Varied Uses of MDF
What is MDF? The Pros and Cons of MDF vs Real Wood
Uses of Plywood: Factors That Decide the Best Plywood for the Job
Can You Stain Plywood? How to Finish Plywood in a Variety of Ways
How to Cut Plywood
What is Plywood? Its Origin, Composition, and Characteristics
7 Popular Types of Softwood and Their Unique Characteristics 
8 Popular Types of Hardwood and Their Pros and Cons
What is Hardwood? Its Origins, Characteristics, and Uses
Softwood: Origin, Qualities, and Uses
Difference Between Hardwood and Softwood
What is Timber? Your Guide to Types, Quality, Uses, and Production  
How to Mix Mortar: Steps for the Proper Consistency 
Differences Between Cement, Concrete, and Mortar
Different Types of Mortar and How You Can Use Them
Difference Between Mortar and Grout
What is Mortar? Definition, Qualities, and Applications
What Are Butcher Block Countertops?
Retarders for Concrete: Types, Mechanism, and Uses
Lightweight Concrete: Composition, Types, and Uses
What Happens and How to Deal With Rain on Concrete
8 Different Concrete Finishes: Pros and Cons
What is a Pocket Door? (Types and Pictures)
Broom Finish Concrete: Overview of the Complete Process  
Concrete Staining: Types, Process, and Benefits
Control Joint in Concrete: What They Are and Why to Use Them
Understanding Concrete Curing Time and Process
Workability of Concrete: Characteristics, Factors, and Improvement
Concrete Modulus of Elasticity: What is it and Why is it Important?
The Density of Concrete Types: What it Means and Why it Matters  
Types of Concrete Slump and What They Reveal
Concrete Slump Test: What it Is and How to Do it
Cinder Block vs Concrete Block: Explaining the Difference
Concrete Mix Ratio: Getting it Right Every Time
The Remarkable Qualities and Uses of Prestressed Concrete
Important Properties of Concrete for Construction and Design
Precast Concrete: Uses, Development, and Qualities
20 Popular Concrete Types for Building and Design
What is Concrete? Composition, History and Uses
Cement Vs. Concrete: Explaining the Difference
Physical and Chemical Properties of Cement
Cement Clinker: Production, Composition, Types, and Impact
White Cement: Composition, Qualities, and Uses
What is Cement Used For? The Varied Uses of Cement
10 Largest Cement Companies Around the World
Main Cement Ingredients: Their Purpose and Limitations
14 Popular Cement Types: Their Characteristics and Uses
How is Cement Made? A Simplified Explanation of the Process of Making Cement
What is Cement? Its History and Importance in Modern Construction