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The light-filled home of stylist and designer Tamila Purvis in Sydney’s Bondi is relaxed and calm. When we shoot, her son Coda is only seven weeks old. “We love Seventies rock and Coda is the name of one of Led Zeppelin’s albums,” says Purvis of how they came to name their son. It’s clear the home she shares with her partner publisher and editor Campbell Milligan is always filled with music. “Coda falls asleep to a Nick Cave album I listened to a lot while I was pregnant, we baby slow dance to it before I put him to bed.”

Coda’s nursery has a Native American theme to it. “The first item I had on my list was a dream catcher from the guys at electriclove. They’re amazing creations and catching dreams is, of course a priority! In keeping with the Native American theme, my business partner, Mel Kamlser, gave us a gorgeous baby blanket from Pendleton and cutest little moccasins.”

Back in 2009, Purvis and Kamsler launched maniamania, a cult jewellery line which plays with ideas of magic and mysticism (celebrity clients include Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Alexa Chung). “My hands have always been covered in rings but for now, they’re naked – its feels quite strange after so many years of heavy metal,” she says.

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Purvis is taking four months off work. “I’m fortunate enough that my business partner Mel has been able to look after it all while I’ve been learning how to be a Mummy. I’m still involved in the important decisions and the few meetings I’ve had, I’ve just taken Coda with me.” She’s also managed to style two shows for Zimmermann, over Skype. “They have been so unbelievably understanding and supportive. I’ve worked on two shows for New York fashion week over Skype, so I didn’t have to fly 35 weeks pregnant and then with Coda only 12 weeks old.”

Tamila’s little list of loves:
Morning cuddles and baby talk in bed with Coda.
Chai tea.
Reflexology.
Baby Nike Air Max 90.
Having dinner out the front of The Corner House.
Early morning and late afternoon swims at North Bondi.
Lindt sea salt dark chocolate.
My Mum.
Coda’s giggles.
Watching Coda with Campbell – he loves his Daddy.

Photography: Julie Adams Make-up: Sarina Zoe Words: Georgie Abay

December 2013

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