When Katerina Buscemi’s daughter failed the lead test at her 1-year check-up, she went down a panic-induced interweb rabbit hole searching for answers. Thankfully, it turned out to be a false positive, but her eye-opening findings spurred serious lifestyle changes.
“I had no idea how much exposure our children have to lead and heavy metals. Not just in our homes and environment, but also in toys and clothing, like metal snaps on their clothes! I’d just purchased a pair of leather baby moccasins that she was fond of chewing: What was in the metallic gold coating? What chemicals were in the leather?”
It turns out 90% of leather is tanned using heavy metal chromium salts, which is potentially toxic to humans. Inspired (and infuriated), Katerina created Lex & Liv, a line of vegetable tanned leather baby shoes. The beautiful truly all-natural kicks are our go-to baby gift. (We like to have the name and birthdate engraved on the sole to make them extra special.)
Her most recent change? Completely detoxifying and redesigning her daughter’s bedroom. A brilliant mix of high and low, playful and sophisticated – we’ll let you peep it for yourself. Consider yourself warned: You’re going to want to makeover your own child’s room immediately.