Charli Penn

Executive Lifestyle Director

East Orange, New Jersey

Charli Penn is the Executive Lifestyle Director at Apartment Therapy and an award-winning journalist, editor and Webby-nominated former podcast host who writes in the name and praise of all things good living (and loving!). She thoroughly enjoys photography, 90s R&B, and all things gold accents. When she’s not curled up at home spending quality time with her husband and their two small dogs, you’ll find her traveling, redecorating (again), perusing a Home Goods aisle or planning an impromptu theme party for family and friends.
The Ultimate Packing Guide Is Here, Just in Time for All Your Summer Travel
Worry-free vacation loading.
Jun 14, 2024
This $16 Amazon Gem Leaves My Windows Clean and Sparkling (Every Time!)
It’s the best window-cleaning tool I’ve ever used.
Jun 10, 2024
See How I Transformed Our Lifeless Concrete Backyard into a Dreamy Summer Oasis
It’s like going to a rooftop lounge without ever leaving home.
Jun 3, 2024
I Finally Got My Hands on the Famous Costco Fan (Now I Want One for Every Room)
Life
Now I want one for every room.
May 18, 2024
The Sweet Little Ways My Mom’s Legacy Lives On in Our Home
Life
It's as if her love is always with me.
May 12, 2024
The One Yard Mistake to Avoid (Unless You Want to Annoy Your Neighbors)
Real Estate
They're annoyed, even if they won't tell you.
May 4, 2024
Please, Do Not Come Over to My House Unless You Call First
Life
I’d love to see you, but there’s a catch.
Apr 29, 2024
This Is My New Golden Rule for Renting Vacation Homes (I Was Doing It All Wrong)
Life
This little trick will help you land the rental home of your vacation dreams.
Apr 9, 2024
I Never Buy Food at Costco (Here's What I Use My Membership for Instead!) 
Life
The decor aisles are so underrated.
Mar 1, 2024
The Hidden Spot in Your Bathroom You Need to Clean ASAP (It Could Catch Fire)
Real Estate
Missing this one little detail nearly cost us everything.
Feb 13, 2024
I Love These $25 Oversized Costco Blankets So Much, I Now Own Six
I can finally protect my furniture in style.
Jan 6, 2024
19 Ridiculously Smart Space-Saving Items for Small Homes
Brass hooks, rolling carts, and nightstands, galore!
Nov 17, 2023
This Is How My 100-Piece Whitney Houston Collection Helped Me Heal
It helped me find connection again after an unimaginable loss.
Nov 14, 2023
The Trees in My Neighborhood Are Disappearing — Now What?
Real Estate
Paying attention to the health of the trees in your yard matters. Here’s why.
Oct 27, 2023
I Found the Secret to Removing Chocolate Stains in One Wash
Cleaning
Just in time for Halloween.
Oct 27, 2023
I Can't Stop Finding New Ways to Use These Lazy Susan Turntables
Organize & Clean
And they’re on sale for less than $14.
Sep 30, 2023
This Is the Most Asked About Item In My Kitchen — and the Smallest
Organize & Clean
It has over 20,000 beloved reviews.
Sep 9, 2023
I Finally Shopped for a Mattress Like an Adult — and I’ve Never Slept Better
Now I can’t wait to jump into bed. Life has changed.
Aug 28, 2023
This $15 Jewelry Organizer Holds Every Piece I Own — Plus, It’s on Sale
And takes up very little counter space. I’m obsessed.
Aug 25, 2023
The Surprising Item I Pack on Every Vacation That Instantly Helps Everyone Relax
LIVING
I sleep better knowing I have it.
Aug 20, 2023
I’m a Self-Proclaimed Bin Queen, and This Is the Only One I’ll Ever Buy Again
It has more uses than I can count — all for a great price.
Aug 18, 2023
This Is the Hardest-Working Vacuum I’ve Ever Owned. Period.
Organize & Clean
So, this is love?
Aug 3, 2023
My “Clothes Chair” Problems Are Over, Thanks to This Helpful Laundry Solution
Organize & Clean
I keep finding new and fun ways to use it.
Jul 31, 2023
This $29 Amazon Find Is the Most Asked About Item in My Home
It's the unsung hero of my tiny kitchen.
Jun 7, 2023
I’ll Never Use Another Wet Dry Vacuum Again — This Is the Clear Winner
Organize & Clean
Pet and garden messes are no match for this game-changing cleaner.
May 27, 2023
This $65 Tool Makes Cleaning When You Have Lower Back Pain Effortless
Organize & Clean
I can’t believe it took me so long to try it.
Apr 29, 2023
I'm a Sweaty Sleeper and I Swear by This Detergent and Fabric Softener
Organize & Clean
I never believed the packaging promises on detergent — until now.
Mar 20, 2023
Before and After: A Non-Working Fireplace Goes from Bland to Glam in Under $200
Home Projects
A can of paint and a little wallpaper went a long way to elevate the boring fireplace in our newly flipped home.
Mar 14, 2023
The Most Romantic Thing You Can Add to Your Bedroom, According to a Sexologist
Spoiler alert: it's not a candle.
Feb 15, 2023
This $12 Tool Instantly Removes Stubborn Hard Water Toilet Rings
It works when nothing else will.
Jan 21, 2023
This Sweet Christmas Morning Tradition Brings Us So Much Joy
And it has strengthened our marriage, too.
Dec 22, 2022
We Spent 25 Nights On a Mattress Designed for Plus Size Couples
And, we're getting the best sleep of our lives.
Dec 21, 2022
The ‘Old School’ Device Guests Are Always Surprised to See In My Millennial Home
This is a love letter to my landline.
Dec 16, 2022
The Only Things I’ll Need to Organize and Refresh My Home for 2023
Small yet high-impact finds that'll make my home happier and healthier.
Dec 8, 2022