Building dollhouses was not something Stephanie Scharf expected to enjoy.
She didn’t even want to do it, years ago, when her 11-year-old daughter — as 11-year-olds do — decided on a new hobby: assembling intricate miniature homes, complete with wallpaper, electricity and roofing tiles.
These aren’t houses for dolls. They are mansions for shrunken aristocrats.
Despite being a busy litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis at the time, Scharf conceded. The mother-daughter duo failed on their first attempt at home-building, so they went to a weekend dollhouse workshop.
With her daughter, Meredith — now a second-year law student at Northwestern — Scharf spent two years’ worth of Saturday mornings building a 14-room miniature house.