August 19, 2015 11:30 AM

The first thing Savannah Guthrie does after co-anchoring NBC’s Today show is run home to her daughter Vale.

“On an average day, I can be home by lunch time and then it’s Vale and me all afternoon,” the journalist, 43, tells PEOPLE of her first child with husband Michael Feldman. “We play for a couple of hours and then we take our naps together!”

Playtime (and naptime) take place in the 1-year-old’s animal-themed nursery, which Guthrie calls “the happiest room in the house.”

“We were going for the neutral look because I didn’t know if I was having a boy or a girl,” she says. “And since she’s come along, we’ve added the color.”

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One of the most crucial elements of the nursery in their New York City apartment is the Restoration Hardware Baby & Child day bed.

“When she was really little and waking up five times a night, you could be right in there sleeping with her,” Guthrie explains. “Now it sort of doubles as a changing table or something for her to fall off of.”

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But Guthrie’s favorite spot in the room is the glider chair, where the mommy-daughter duo read together and where Vale gets her bottle.

“She puts her little head on my shoulder because she’s tired and she knows the day is over. It’s the sweetest,” the first-time mom shares.

“I feel like the most blessed person in the universe just to sit there and hold her. It’s that moment of perspective and rest and peace and gratitude.”

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To see more from Vale’s nursery, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

 

— Ana Calderone

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