LENOX -- Hand-painted antiques grace the hallway. Crystal wall sconces light a large sitting room with a fireplace. A curving staircase winds upstairs to six guest rooms.
Hampton Terrace, at 91 Walker St., is the latest bed and breakfast to officially open in downtown Lenox. Stan Rosen, former development director for the National Music Center, and his wife, Susan, bought the historic house recently and entertained their first guests this past weekend.
They had two weeks to ready the house for their first guests, and move in themselves.
"We worked 16-hour days for two weeks solid," Stan Rosen said. "But forced deadlines are always good."
While the Rosens made no drastic structural renovations, they completely repainted and refurnished several rooms to make the inn their own. The new color scheme, consisting of rich reds and greens and blues, was inspired by a postcard from England depicting an elegant 19th century ballroom.