Our Story

Meet the Maker Ryann Scrafford

Rooted in adventure and curiosity, we believe wholeheartedly in surrounding ourselves with inspiring, well made, items that reflect our soul and passion for life!

I’ve always been a maker but when I discovered textile design, I immediately feel in love.  For me, it was the perfect blend of illustration, graphic design, and actual production.  It allowed me to hand-draw my ideas, refine them on the computer, and have them printed into a tangible material I could then transform into a product.  Finally, I had found a medium that could be used to create products I wanted and needed in my daily life.  Added bonus: these textiles had the ability to tell my story without any words being spoken.  Walking into my home or my children’s rooms you see a narrative of who we are, where we’ve been, the colors that speak to us, and the prints that inspire us.

I’m a firm believer that our surroundings not only influence the person we become but have the ability to provide us with a sense of boldness, wonder, and inspiration.  Pregnant with my first child I wanted our baby’s nursery to do just that.   So, I started designing and creating crib sheets, pillows, mobiles, blankets, clothes, everything down to the prints for the walls.  That is how Charlie Rowan Designs was born.

For those who know me, there is no question that I have my own unique style and have always sought out products that I felt were a representation of me.  Growing up in Salt Lake City I spent the majority of my time in the mountains and desert where I developed a deep love for both.  I headed off to Philadelphia for college where I earned my degree in Design and Merchandising and just as easily fell in love with the color, sounds, and bustle of the city.  When I created Charlie Rowan Designs my love for all three of these environments were infused into my designs providing a sense of wonder and curiosity while telling the story of the individual and the home that each piece belongs to.

Life has a funny way of putting you right where you are suppose to be.  Before Charlie Rowan Designs I was a corporate America ladder climber. All be it always in a creative industry, but never really creating.  In climbing that ladder I was a buyer in both the contemporary and outdoor industries, transitioned into managing an in-house creative department (giving me my first taste of graphic design), from there to brand managing, and eventually a marketing director.  I started Charlie Rowan Designs as a side gig to my corporate life as I need something to feed my soul.  Those first months were packed with nights that turned to early mornings and as I really started to consider leaving that “secure” corporate life I realized how life, without me even knowing it, had given me all the tools to succeed in pursuing my passion.  In that moment I recognized the universe was calling and I was FINALLY ready to answer it!