By Anna Marie Kukec  |  Daily Herald  |  Aug. 16, 2015  |  Photo courtesy of FTD  | Michael J. Skaff of Glen Ellyn knows the importance of color, texture and the appeal of flowers during life’s milestones.

For more than 30 years, the former FTD executive has been the floral designer for big events, including Bill Clinton’s 1993 presidential inauguration and George W. Bush’s presidential inaugurations in 2001 and 2005. He still does special events at the White House under President Barack Obama.

Now, Skaff has opened Skaff Floral Creations in Hinsdale that is more than a florist. He designs for weddings, anniversaries, other parties and corporate events in the suburbs and nationwide.

“I feel that flowers make a difference in everyone’s lives,” said Skaff, 54. “It has an emotional effect on many people.”`

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