Why Barbie Might Have Trashed Her Dream Home

Hello-Hello, welcome to a wonderful new week here at the Prepatorium, we’ve lots to share in the next few days.

We start things off this Monday with a rather odd tale, we are looking at a number of photographs from the “Barbie Trashes Her Dreamhouse” series. Below, the kitchen.

Carrie M. Becker, 2011

Some readers are familiar with a television show called Hoarders; we’ve never watched an episode (but feel like we have simply via friends’ tweets about the program), that show was the first thing we thought of when seeing these images.  They are by artist Carrie M. Becker, they are actually photographs of scenes she created, below, Working from Home“.

© 2011 Carrie M. Becker

The amazing thing is that these were all made from miniature, everything is done in 1/6th scale, most items were made by the artist. Here is “The Teenager’s Bedroom,” note the pink wellies on the floor.

"The Teenager's Bedroom" © 2011 Carrie M. Becker

Lest we all become depressed by the less-than-uplifting scenes, there is a scene called “After the Cleanup”.

© 2011 Carrie M. Becker

Ms. Becker sells the photographs in her etsy shop.

Our theory? Barbie saw this news:

A source tells the new Us Weekly, on stands Friday, that the reality stars will be immortalized as Barbie’s pals in an upcoming limited-edition doll line. “The dolls will reflect the girls’ measurements and may even comes in Kardashian-designed outfits,” says a source.

That might make me destroy my palace too.


We make a 180° for our other tidbit:

Downton Abbey on Masterpiece

Last night on Masterpiece Theatre Season 2 premiered, Slate has a fabulous piece on it today.  The column addresses things, one of my favorites involves a new character, Sir Richard Carlisle.


“I’m curious what you two make of Sir Richard Carlisle. I am exceedingly disturbed that he doesn’t know the difference between hunting tweed and walking tweed (after all, the man’s a Scot!), and that marriage proposal—“I think very highly of you”—wasn’t exactly heart-stoppingly romantic….

Exactly. How can you look up to a man unclear on the differences in tweed worn at country estates? (Heh, heh, heh.)

If wondering what all the fuss is, click here for the Season 2 trailer.  Better yet, watch last night’s entire episode here (at no charge), or revisit all of Season 1. (Available for a limited time.)

Until next time, may your afternoon be filled with sunshine.


Filed under preppy, The AntiPrep

10 responses to “Why Barbie Might Have Trashed Her Dream Home

  1. MCW

    I have Downtown Abby on my DVR. Can’t wait to watch tonight!

  2. You mean Barbie might be a hoarder too? OMG! I watched that show, totally traumatized when I sick with the flu one year and somehow could not stop watching it, it was so unreal and so frightening yet I was captivated. Incidentally a good friends husband is a part time hoarder, he is a very successul attorney but I swear his home office looks just like the above pictures (the befores NOT the afters) I will never forget the first time she showed me, it is a disease that requires professional treatment, saddest thing is when kids are the innocent victims to this, but hoarding as art I mean I guess it IS theoretically a form of creative expression to sell the pictures but who would want to buy them? Not me!
    Downton Abbey, saw half of last night…just a joy to watch, its so breathtaking!

  3. Love the artist’s miniature work … extraordinary, would love to have the lot of them.

    It’s such an odd compulsion, the packrats and the hoarders. Too hard to understand, hard to have compassion for.

    I do buy pairs of household things … lazy indulgence.

  4. Ugh Horders makes me so sick!!!

  5. As for being a Scot….that doesn’t mean he would know anything about tweed. He says himself he is a self-made man…probably from very humble beginnings when hungry mouths were more important that jackets. City people didn’t dress the same way country people did/do!

  6. Ooh, thank you for the “Slate” linky. Hope it explains the Mystery of the Mixed-Up Tweeds (sounds like a Nancy Drew in the making, eh?) and other things Carlisle, since I can’t quite figure him out – or don’t want to after the world’s most snooze-inspiring proposal.

  7. Just finished the DA episode 1 season 2. How absolutely, positively, lovely.

  8. Hubby and I started on Season 1 last night and we are hooked! I cannot wait to see Season 2 episode 1 when we are done!!

  9. Not sure yet what to make of Sir Richard. Definitely a different character than who Iain Glen (the actor) played on Game of Thrones. I think Sir Richard is a little dodgy while Ser Jorah was very loyal.

  10. Lauren

    Barbie is too classy to associate with the Kardashians! They need to friend the Bratz dolls instead.

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