House of Castellon Designs the Perfect Portland Blanket

...and bags, pillows, and throws: introducing a brand dedicated to Oregon-sourced materials and design.

By Caitlin Feldman Photography by Lauren Lark March 27, 2014

Ten years ago, Pamela Hill was designing a child’s room and trying to find bedding to last. She needed a blanket that would withstand the wears and tears of everyday life—something that would last for years. She wanted the blanket to be the blanket. The one you snuggle with on the couch and take camping and to college and eventually pass on to your own kids. There was just one complication: it didn’t exist.

The problem wasn’t the design; the problem was the bedding. Nothing worked, and what did work was out of her price range. Frustrated, Hill did the only thing she could think to do: she made the blanket herself.

Then, in December 2012, she founded House of Castellon, a company based around the promise of this everlasting blanket and built on determination and wool. A lot of wool. The average blanket, Hill says, weighs about two pounds. Her blanket weighs eight.

“It’s not a disposable piece,” she says. “It’s something you’re going to have for 50 years whether you want to or not. If you get rid of it, it’s because you get tired of it, not because it’s worn out or because your dog sat on it.”

Hill’s designs, which currently include pillows, bed covers, throws, wraps, and a bag, are timeless and effortless, made to transition easily between both modernist and heritage-informed spaces. The colors range from bold teal to muted heather grey, with color blocking and stripes serving as simple accents to frame memories around.

House of Castellon’s philosophy reflects the simplicity and thoughtfulness of its founder’s designs. Everything is made completely from scratch (Hill even has the wool knit), and her eventual goal is for every item in her line to be made in Oregon. That means not only will the products be stitched here, the sheep will live here, too. It’s not an easy venture, and it certainly isn’t the cheapest route. But, then again, that was never the point.

“The idea was that it’s really exciting and amazing to be able to produce something like this,” Hill says. “In the US especially, we are so conditioned to buying a lot of things fast. It’s a really different way of thinking, what I’m doing.”

While House of Castellon is still in the early stages, Hill hopes she can change the industry and positively impact people’s lives. “What are you putting out in the world?” she asks. “I want to feel good that when I do put something in the world it’s special.”

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