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SAVANNAH  INTERIOR  PLANT DESIGNS

Who would have thought I'd start a company dealing with plants?  Granted, when I was a young boy going fishing with my dad and sister, they would find me not at the water's edge but admiring a perfectly symetrical bush, stately elm and often picking bunches of wild flowers to bring to my mom.

I guess that's where it all started - my love of flora. 

Fast forward to two years ago walking thru the atrium to the attorney's office to close on my Savannah home.  The atrium plants on either side of the walkway were overgrown, yellowed from improper care and infested with masses of mealy bug.  The slightest breeze as you passed by would set off a "snowfall" of white dust wafting down from the trees and lower plantings.

Having owned and operated Saff Interior Plant Designs in Massachusetts for 7 years before moving to Savannah, I realized there was not only a place but a need for my  knowledge and expertise in plant and soil science.  It was from these humble beginnings that Savannah Interior Plant Designs was born.

Savannah Interior Plant Designs is able to transform the worst looking indoor space into thriving and lush plantscape. From design, installation to maintenance, Savannah Interior Plant Designs will create beautiful environments of living plants.  Studies have shown that live plants provide a health benefit to both customers and employees in addition to being an effective decorative and esthetic element.  Interior plantscapes  from the simplest container garden to the more elaborate atrium can be a substantial monetary investment.  Proper plant care is essential (watering, pruning, fertilizing and insect control) in protecting this investment.  Call Savannah Interior Plant Designs today.  Let us prove our worth!

 

One stop shopping for the busy executive at Savannah Interior Plant Designs - we also offer creative custom holiday decor and corporate gift giving.  

 

My passion for color, texture, and design led me to a career in floraculture and floral design in particular.  From owning a successful flower shop for over 25 years to designing for both President Bushs' inaugurations and that of President Clinton to the 75th Academy Awards (Oscars) my love of flora is truly evident.  As the owner of Savannah Interior Plant Designs holding certifications in color and design,  I am proud to now offer selections of silk arrangements and  weekly fresh flowers for hotels, restaurants, physician offices and other corporate clients.

ABOUT MICHAEL J. SKAFF

Michael J. Skaff earned his Bachelor of Science and Horticultural degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has taught Advanced Design Courses at his alma mater.

As a business owner with over thirty five years experience in the floral industry, Skaff helps his clients integrate visual design and color principles with their marketing objectives. In addition, as a member of the Color Marketing Group, many of his clients utilize his knowledge of the color trends not only in creating floral arrangements but also in forecasting marketing trends. As evidence of his artistry, Skaff has been chosen as floral designer for both the 1993 Clinton and the 2001 and 2005 Bush Presidential Inaugurations. In 2003, he was a member of the design team for the 75th Annual Academy Awards Presentation (Oscars). Skaff has continued to freelance at the Whitehouse for special events throughout the year.

Michael  has worked as a freelance designer providing trend forecasting, product development and color trend specialist for such companies at The Magnolia Company, Trendspot, Fiftyflowers , USA Bouquet and The International Floral Distributors (IFD).

Previously as Vice President of Design for FTD, Michael has worked on product development initiatives with top name designers Todd Oldham, Vera Wang, Better Homes and Gardens and The Smithsonian Institute. He has been instrumental in the development of the high-end floral catalog for FTD.COM called Butterfield Blooms. Michael also has extensive experience as a stylist and in visual merchandising; working as consultant for such companies as Polaroid andAGFA Film. Michael was previously a Design Director and product development consultant for Smithers Oasis Company.

Michael Skaff has been featured in a number of magazines. Among those are Modern Bride; Floral Management; FTD Magazine and The Boston Globe. He was also the featured designer in the premier issue of In Bloom, one of FTD’s magazines. Skaff was also publisher of At Home with Michael Skaff, a seasonal magazine with the editorial focus on flowers in the home.

Michael J. Skaff is a member of the Society of American Florists and was inducted into theAmerican Academy of Floriculture (AAF) in 1991; the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) in 1992 and in 1999 became a member of the Color Marketing Group and the Professional Floral Commentators Institute (PFCI) in 2000.