July 28, 2010 10:00 AM

Before welcoming daughter Harper Renn on June 15, Tiffani Thiessen and husband Brady Smith spent weeks designing her nursery. Their biggest decision — the paint color.

“We originally wanted green because it’s one of our favorite colors and we’re not traditional blue or pink people,” the White Collar star tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies. After deciding on grayish floors, the couple chose a light lavender, which they “absolutely love.”

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Their other priority was making the room as eco-friendly as possible so Thiessen and Smith installed recycled floors and used VOC-free paint. “Even her ‘Harper’ name sign and play balls were made out of vintage fabric scraps,” she reveals.

But it’s the personal touches that the new parents cherish the most. Actor and artist Smith hand-painted the beautiful collage of birds on the wall. And the white tree and floral print crib bedding are from Thiessen’s new nursery décor collection, Petit Nest, which she and partner Lonni Paul plan to launch at the end of this year.

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To complete the room’s “architecturally modern” theme, the actress chose the Penelope leather glider from Oilo, the eco-friendly Classic Crib from Oeuf and a clear plexiglass chandelier from Y Lighting.

She also selected Serena & Lily‘s Flokati rug, Curvee side table and Haitian Drum table.

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And even though Harper’s not sleeping in her room full time — “she’s still in the bassinet next to our bed” — the 6-week-old loves to hang out in her crib to stare at her origami mobile and the pattern on her bumper, Thiessen says.

“Being that I married an artist, it was very important to me to include artistic touches that would inspire her as she grew up,” explains Thiessen.

While both mom and baby spend a lot of time in the nursery, it’s the connecting sun room (below) where Thiessen likes to go to nurse her daughter and “get a little fresh air.” With the help of modern furniture shop CB2 — the comfy sectional and stately coffee table are both from the company — the actress was able to create a truly serene environment.

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