About Us

We have over 30 years’ experience developing and refurbishing houses and listed buildings all over Yorkshire and the North of England, and have an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of building and interior design.

We’re James and Julie Dow and we’ve spent three decades designing and developing comfortable, bespoke homes. From The Forge, a heritage site in Bedale, North Yorkshire we lead a talented and like-minded creative team of highly experienced specialists who help our clients’ concepts come to life.

Offering a balanced and down-to-earth approach, we create well-designed homes and commercial environments that reflect each customer’s tastes and personality, fulfilling each brief as well as providing our own creative ideas and solutions.


‘We have always been aware of the influential role our work plays in shaping a family’s quality of life within their home. This responsibility remains a motivating force within our company.’

Our backgrounds are complementary – James’ career was built in commercial design, where he worked on many exciting projects that have included Downing Street, 5-star hotels and Oxford University. These experiences mean he’s great at leading the business while Julie’s reputation for developing individual, bespoke interiors has meant that she is ideally placed as creative director.

We’re guided by the confidence that comes of many years’ experience, successfully creating the beautiful bespoke homes and commercial interiors in Yorkshire, London, Oxford and the North of England.

Together, our complimentary skills have built the business into the multi-disciplinary firm it is today. We really enjoy looking at each project together and working out how we can make it everything our clients have dreamed of – perhaps even more.

“Our wealth of knowledge and expertise inspires unique solutions for every project, creating quintessential interiors.”
– Julie Dow


By offering a full in-house design and construction package, the team at Forge Interiors ensures that each aspect of the process works well. We take responsibility for every step of the project, leaving our clients the time to enjoy a seamless process. This concept to completion remains at the heart of our vision.

At Forge Interiors, we have the experience and expertise to manage each and every aspect of your project. As part of the brief we will create early concept designs, navigate the maze of planning and building control processes – including any heritage and listed buildings sensitivities – and then on to construction and the final fit out.

Appointing Forge Interiors as your professional team couldn’t be easier. We have all the expertise to manage the process from start to finish. You can decide if you only wish to appoint us as your interior designers, or provide a full turnkey solution, utilising all of our design and construction capabilities.


Forge Interiors is based in the picturesque town of Bedale, North Yorkshire. The former Smithy was built in the grounds of Bedale Hall, a Palladian country house. Built around 1770, this formed part of the once famous Henry Peirse racing stud.

The showroom of 1500 Sq feet over two floors, houses a bespoke kitchen and bathroom display, as well as an extensive library of wallpapers and fabrics. We are proud ambassadors of brands such as Farrow & Ball, Little Greene and many others. We have spent many years forming a collection of timeless quality products both traditional and contemporary.

“The store is an oasis of interior design options, beautiful fabrics, wallpapers, carpets, paints and much more and if you are thinking of upgrading visit and take the next step, you will not be disappointed.”

– Joanne