Look close enough to the photos of actress Molly Sims in an upcoming issue of InStyle, and you might just see some things from the shelves of Hazel's antique stores.

Sims, the Murray native who stars as Delinda Deline on NBC's “Las Vegas,” spent some time last week picking out some accent pieces for her new New York apartment. She's always wanted to own property in the Big Apple, and now she has a chance to show off her new digs during a photo shoot this weekend.

Maybe the photos that appear in InStyle magazine will include the perfume bottle, textured glass plates, purple vase or pink serving bowl she bought while visiting Murray last week.

She picked out the pieces to fit into the French-style interior she's going for in the new apartment, which also includes furniture she bought at a French flea market and recovered.

“I love doing interiors,” she said. “I'm like my mom. We love antiques and mixing old with new.”

While packing up the breakable decorations at the Southeastern Book Co. warehouse, the 34-year-old Sims took breaks to chat with employees - who happen to be “Las Vegas” fans - and pose with them for souvenir snapshots. Not far from her feet were her two Yorkshire terriers, Poupette (meaning “baby doll” in French) and Chloe.

A 1991 Murray High School graduate, Sims never expected to stay in Murray, where her parents Jim and Dottie Sims live and operate Southeastern Book Co. With thoughts of becoming a lawyer, she spent two years at Vanderbilt University before deciding to pursue her modeling career.

That move paid off. Since then, she's appeared in three Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, been an official Old Navy spokesmodel and posed as a CoverGirl model. She's probably best known for her role on “Las Vegas,” which chronicles the work dramas in the fictional Montecito Resort and Casino.

“I wanted to experience other places and cultures,” she said while wrapping a vase in bubble wrap in the warehouse at her parents' company. “I love Murray. I had a great childhood here, and I love it for that. But I knew I wouldn't stay.”

Call it fate, perhaps. But Sims said her Gemini personality helped her advance a modeling and acting career.

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