The Decorators' Show House isn't new to Upper Arlington, but this year's plan for a "Sneak Peek" of the home is brand-new.

The Decorators' Show House isn't new to Upper Arlington, but this year's plan for a "Sneak Peek" of the home is brand-new.

The Sneak Peek, a fundraiser for the Columbus Museum of Art, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Jan. 28-30, at a Spanish revival style home at 4125 Oxford Drive, just east of Riverside Drive. Admission is $5.

Visitors attending the Sneak Peek will get a chance to see the home's 18 interior and four exterior spaces before it is transformed by local designers for the 2011 Decorators' Show House, held April 30-May 22.

"The Sneak Peek is a new venture for us," said DSH co-chair Robin Comfort. "Indianapolis and other show houses around the country do a similar thing. We thought it's really a nice idea because everyone likes to see the room before the designers get hold of it."

This year's home was built in 1928 and sits on almost two acres. Among the people who have lived in the home were a cartoonist and a Kentucky Fried Chicken vice president, and its visitors included Dave Thomas and James A. Rhodes.

"The (chairs) look for a house that has history and is architecturally interesting," said Pat Hayden, president of the CMA's Women's Board. "If you're dealing with a newer house, you might not get the architectural detail, but you get the room size. They look for a place that people will enjoy coming to, that there will be a story to tell, where there will be grounds that tend to be landscaped and where the interiors lend themselves to the designers coming in and doing what they do best."

Preparations for the DSH began last spring, Hayden said. Comfort was driving around and saw the home, which was for sale. She contacted the realtor, and since the updates made by the decorators tend to add value to the home, the present owners were thrilled to be part of the Show House, Comfort said.

A lottery for designers was held, with each designer choosing a room to redo. They'll show design boards of their plans for the space to the owners.

"It's like a blank slate or an empty creative palette that they're working with," Comfort said.

In return for donating their time, talent and materials, the designers get potential new clients after visitors see their room transformations.

"This is just an amazing thing, because people come and they want to know what they can do for their home," Comfort. "Their creativity triggers something in a lot of people, and they can take it home and replicate it."

Hayden said the museum started doing the biennial Decorator's Show Houses in 1975. The 18 prior DSH events have raised more than $3-million for the museum.