Best Stores to Find Unique Furniture/Decorations in Atlanta

February 6th, 2018

1.) Cantoni Modern Furniture

                                                              1011 Monroe Drive NE
                                                                 Atlanta, GA 30306

2.) Restoration Hardware Atlanta

                                                          3030 Peachtree Rd NW
                                                              Atlanta, GA 30305



3.) Modani Furniture

3221 Peachtree Rd NE,
Atlanta, GA 30305



4.) Horizon Home Furniture

1611 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318


5.) Design Within Reach Atlanta

1210 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318



Atlanta February Events

January 30th, 2018

Need an excuse to get out of the house next month? Check out these upcoming February events in Atlanta!

1.) Atlanta Hawks vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game
Friday, February 9th
Phillips Arena



Come watch this epic basketball game as Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore take on Lebron James and Dwayne Wade.

2.) Mardi Gras on the Square
 Tuesday, February 13th
11:30AM – 2:00PM
Midtown Atlanta Colony Square


In honor of Fat Tuesday, Midtown Atlanta’s Colony Square invites you to come out and celebrate Mardi Gras in the best way possible! Complete with live music, authentic New Orleans-style food and drinks, and of course, green and gold beads. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year event!

3.) Screw Cupid Bar Crawl
Saturday, February 17th
2:00PM – 10:00PM
3841 Roswell Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305


Wheather you’re single or taken, everyone deserves some lovin’ for Valentine’s Day! Put on your cupid wings and get ready for the best bar crawl of the month.

***Must be 21 to attend the event. The event will go on rain snow or shine. All sales final, no refunds. Bar specials subject to change based on bars discretion.

4.) Rent – The Broadway Show
Tuesday, February 20th – Wednesday, February 28th
Every Night at 7:30PM
The Fox Theatre


In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway…and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

5.) Midtown Brunchfest
Saturday, February 24th
12:30PM – 6:00PM
Park Tavern in Piedmont Park


Who doesn’t love a good brunch? Bubbles, Mimosas, Brunch Bites, All Day Rose, Live Music & More!



6.) Monster Jam
Saturday, February 24th- Sunday, February 25th
6:00PM Saturday & 3:00PM Sunday
Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Monster Jam delivers dirt to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium floor for the first time this month – after being the final show to grace the floor of the Georgia Dome. Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world-class facility as larger-than-life trucks and drivers mash the throttle for adrenaline-filled, four-wheel excitement for the entire family.


You’re Invited – Kendra Scott Trunk Show

January 25th, 2018

The ladies of The Suits Team would like to formally invite you to attend our very first trunk show by Kendra Scott, featuring their new 2018 jewelry line.

20% of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, dedicated to providing the best care—and best experience—for every child and family.

Monday, February 5th
The Suits Home
3765 Watkins Place
Brookhaven, GA 30319

The Suits Team Client Appreciation Dinner 2018

January 25th, 2018

The Suits Team of Keller Williams cordially invites you to our annual Client Appreciation Dinner. Join us for some delicious food and wine in appreciation for all you have done. We can’t wait to see everyone there!


February 7th, 2018
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Vino Venue
4478 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Georgetown Shopping Center


RSVP to 404-419-3550 or or this LINK by Feb. 4th



Suits Team 2018 Sponsorships

January 23rd, 2018

The Suits Team takes great pride in supporting our community. Between friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and clients, we want to be able to lend a hand at all times. We are so proud to work with each and every organization and we will continue to support them in the future. Here’s to our 2018 Sponsorships!




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Lemonade Days

April 18th – April 22nd
Brook Run Park

Lemonade Days is the largest annual fundraising event for DPT – all proceeds are used within the community for historic preservation and education. Lemonade Days will run from Wednesday, April 18th through Sunday, April 22nd. Featuring more than 30 full-scale carnival rides, more than 20 fabulous food and beverage vendors, a 5K Run, three days of center stage performances and the popular Dunwoody Idol contest, Lemonade Days is a Dunwoody Signature Event that has become a highlight of the city’s calendar and its most popular family event of the year.

Follow Lemonade Days on Twitter @Lemonadedays or on Facebook


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Dunwoody High School Baseball 
Proud sponsor of the Dunwoody High School Wildcat Baseball Team.
First home game of the season is Thursday, February 22nd.
Come out and support our boys! Go Wildcats!

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 2018 TASTE Event


Saturday, February 24th
7:00PM – 11:00PM

The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North


Join us for the 14th annual TASTE event, hosted by Dunwoody and Blackburn Friends. This event has grown to be one of the premier fundraising events for Dunwoody Friends and we are excited to welcome the Blackburn group to make it the biggest year yet. Enjoy an evening of delicious fare from local Atlanta restaurants, a silent auction, and live music, benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Individual tickets include unlimited food tastings and two drinks per person. VIP tickets include unlimited food tastings and unlimited access to the VIP bar.

We hope to see you there! Purchase tickets at the link below:

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Murphey Candler Softball
Proud sponsor of Murphey Candler Girls Softball Association.
Spring softball opening day is Saturday, March 3rd at noon.
Come out and support our favorite ladies. Go girls!

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2018 Wesleyan Artist Market
April 26th – April 28th, 2018
The Wesleyan School

The Artist Market is unique in that exhibiting artists are present during this event, showcasing their fine art for purchase and interacting and engaging with attendees. Proceeds from the show benefit the Wesleyan Arts Alliance which supports student programs, facilities and arts education at Wesleyan School.

In 2018, the Wesleyan Artist Market celebrates its 20th year. The Artist Market hosts approximately 100 talented artists from across the region. The show is held at Wesleyan School, located in Peachtree Corners, just south of The Forum on Peachtree Parkway/141. Hallmarks include a pre-market Pop-Up Shop, VIP Sponsor Kick-off event, live entertainment, Food Trucks, and opening night sponsor. This event is open to the public and admission and parking are FREE.

Click the link below for more information:

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OLA Catholic Church and Cathedral of Christ the King Church

We are proud sponsors of Our Lady the Assumption Catholic Church and Cathedral of Christ the King Church.
Check out their websites for mass services and more.

OLA Catholic Church:
Cathedral of Christ the King Church:

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Chamblee High School Softball

Proud sponsor of the Chamblee High School Bulldog Softball Team.
We can’t wait to see the things they accomplish this fall!
Way to go Lady Bulldogs!


Murphey Candler Baseball

Proud sponsor of Murphey Candler Baseball.
Opening day ceremonies begin Sunday, February 25th.
We can’t wait to see you there!


Winter Update from Madalyn

January 4th, 2018

Yes it is the holiday season and I love it! I recently saw a post about a brutally honest Christmas card and I thought I would do the same. So here goes:

  1. Putting up the Christmas decorations was just a pain this year! All the kids keep asking about them and then once we start hauling everything up from the basement, they scatter. They left the living room a complete disaster until I finished the job. Christmas lights are clearly only made to last one year because every time I pull them out to add to the greenery, the lights are out. Ughhh.
  2. Now let’s talk Christmas lists. Don’t you remember the days when you wanted a new coat and your parents would say “you have to wait until Christmas”, and you did. Now Christmas is all year long so my kids can barely come up with anything. Yet, if we decide we are going to do a family trip or something else in lieu of presents, they complain.
  3. All Jeff really wants is Georgia to win (so do I). However, that is financially draining and time consuming.
  4. All my kids talk about is wanting to be out of school for break. My inner monologue shouts “You were just out for Thanksgiving.” They also complain about the studying and exams. I keep explaining that if they didn’t have their headphones on listening to music while they were studying, they might remember something on test day.
  5. Another fabulous thing about this time of year is traffic. Jeff and I are still driving our kids all over creation while 1/2 of Atlanta is shopping and not working. Then 6pmon Friday night, one of my kids wants to go to Avalon and then  be picked up 2.5 hours later. Yes, that is exactly what I wanted to do on my Friday night: be an Uber driver.
  6. I also love when people tell you how they are totally done with all their shopping and decorating. You know what that means to me? They got better deals on things than I will but they will end up spending extra money because that’s when you look under the tree and think, did I get enough? You end up spending more. That is a no for me because I am still shopping on the 23rd. Mostly due to the fact that I am still working.
  7. Now you know how much I love my job and we are the team that never stops working for you, seriously. However, I have to laugh when I talk to people that say “I will be done working from Dec 18 through Jan 5”. Are you a student? You get a Christmas break? I am always stunned. In our business, this is when a lot of folks are on break so they like to talk about buying and selling. So, we are happy to help and we are working for our clients the entire break! .
  8. Now lets talk NYE and Goal Planning. I love setting goals! However, when Jan 1rolls around and you are in sales it feels like ground hogs day. You start all over again at zero. Now lucky for me,  I know you are all putting on your new years resolution list that you are going to send us 1 referral or more this year! Do you know that we send fun thank you gifts for those referrals? We invite you to fun events for you, your family and friends. Plus, we are constantly looking out for your wealth in real estate opportunities.


Well, that is enough of my sarcasm. I want you to always know that my team and I cover all areas of Atlanta. That is why we keep growing. We are here to help you, your friends, coworkers , neighbors and family with creating wealth in real estate and life changes. Always give us a shot to earn your business. I can tell you with 100% certainty that no one will work harder for you and care more than us .


~Madalyn Suits





Latest from Shannon

December 14th, 2017

A tough month for our family. We had the loss of our last grandparent, Jason’s Grandmother, and the kid’s last living great grandparent. She was a very, very special lady to us. Jason and I have been together since high school so Grandma has literally watched me grow. She always welcomed me into her home with open arms. She coached Jason and I through our first home purchase as a real estate broker and retired agent. Her love for real estate was obvious into her last days. She was always up for a good conversation about a great house in a great location. She was the first person I wanted approval from when I decided to get my license. “Be careful what you wish for. Real estate is a 24 hour 7 day a week job.” She was right and her love for real estate rubbed off on me. I loved having lunch with her to talk over my successes and challenges. Her ears were always open. I took for granted just how truly special and needed she was until she was gone. Wow, she will be missed terribly and the reality is still very tender!
The kids… many moving parts as always. Alex is preparing for the SSAT. The decision of where he will go to high school is right around the corner. He is doing wonderful and continues to make us proud with great grades and being such a fantastic kid. He is in a leadership role in scouts, just finished up a season of soccer at school and he is about to start basketball at school while continuing with his team at Chamblee Methodist. Andrew is doing great too.  We have some challenges to figure out with tutoring but he continues to push through and be the most kind, loving kid he has always has been. He is also moving right along in scouts as a second year Webelo and is selling popcorn and planning camping trips. I am so, so proud of Mary. We made the tough decision to have her repeat 3rd grade as we moved her over to Intown with the boys this year. With a July birthday and some struggling last year, we thought it was the best decision for her and we were right! She is soaring this year. No more tutoring and her teacher says she is right where she needs to be. We couldn’t agree more!
With all of this going on, some may wonder how Jason and I keep up and maintain full time careers. It is not easy. However, we wouldn’t change a thing. Putting family first and balance is key. With the support of a great team and great clients, I have still been at a rapid pace helping buyers purchase their 1st, 2nd, or 3rd home. Buyers want compassion, patience, stability, and good straight-forward advice. I believe that is what keeps the referrals coming and the new clients happy that they choose The Suits Team. Thank you Liz Dinzeo, Laura Weyhausen, and Kenycia Byrd for your September referrals. You guys are the best!! How can I help you in your life or business?

-Shannon Durieux


Tax Reform and Real Estate

December 7th, 2017

This article was originally published by Beacham. Original article can be found HERE.


Death and taxes. The only sure things in life but nobody likes either one. The year-long efforts in Congress to reform the federal tax code appear headed for final passage later this month if the House and Senate reconcile their competing bills. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) believes it will happen and is not happy about some of the bills’ provisions (click here if you want to support NAR’s protest). NAR says if passed, these provisions could depress home values by dampening demand.

Let’s take a deep breath for a minute though and – without talking politics – assume that some or all of the provisions that concern NAR make it into the final bill. Will it mean that home prices drop precipitously in 2018 or into 2019 (reforms could go into effect either year depending on which version of the bill passes)? We aren’t convinced, but let’s look at some of the most talked-about provisions related to real estate:

  • Deductibility of property taxes to be limited to first $10,000 paid (worst case House version). Currently, there is no limit. Even NAR acknowledges the House proposal would affect just 1.3% of the population in Georgia.
  • Elimination of the mortgage interest deduction for second homes. This would affect just 2.3% of populationaccording to NAR. Also, the vast majority of second homes are purchased with cash and Atlanta is not really a second home market.
  • Elimination of mortgage interest deduction for mortgages of more than $500,000 (worst case Senate version). Currently the deduction limit is mortgages of $1 million or more. NAR says this would affect 7.9% of the population.
  • Elimination of deductibility of interest on home equity loans. Home equity loans were a darling of the housing bubble but not so much anymore. This has the potential to hurt businesses that rely on home renovations much more so than real estate.
  • Change to the exclusion of profits on the sale of a primary residence. Currently, a homeowner must live in a home for two of the last five years to deduct profits from the sale of that home. Under the proposals, homeowners will have to live in their home five of the last eight to receive the exclusion. This does sound bad and along with the mortgage interest deduction change is a top lobbying cry for NAR, but demographics could help here. Millennials and Baby Boomers make up the vast majority of the housing market. Millennials are buying their first homes while many Boomers have been in their homes for much longer than five years. Also, the average time in one home is now eight years. Finally, under the current proposals, anyone who has bought a home before the end of 2017 would be exempt.
  • Deductibility of moving expenses repealed. OK, you got us on this one. This would be bad but…(keep reading)…
  • It must be noted that all of the above changes would/could be offset by proposed reductions in income tax rates under both bills (here’s where we suggest you talk to an accountant though). For instance, the Tax Policy Center at the Urban Center and the Brookings Institution claims that 93% of all taxpayers would pay less tax ($1,200 on average) based on the Senate version of the bill. So, for instance, even though you pay more than $10,000 in property taxes and can no longer deduct the amount you pay in excess of $10,000, you very likely will still receive an overall tax break anyway.

For argument’s sake, let’s suggest tax reform has a net neutral effect on the housing market. As one top-selling Atlanta residential real estate agent of 15 years recently said, “no client of mine has ever based their decision to buy or sell a home based on changes to the tax code.”

Enough about taxes. NAR does have encouraging predictions for 2018 including some trends we have already started to see in Atlanta:

  • The major news from NAR is that they predict housing inventory will rise for the first time since 2015 in September of next year. This, along with slowing home price appreciation, will pave the way for a 2.5% increase in home sales from the all-time record year that will be 2017. New home sales are predicted to rise 7%.
  • Southern real estate markets will beat the national average in home sales growth.
  • The homeownership rate will stabilize at 64%. Historically, 65% is the sweet spot.
  • Millennials will continue to gain market share, from 40% of mortgages to 43% in 2018. The largest contingent of Millennials will turn 30 in 2020, so their share of the market should continue to increase along with overall demand.

November Update from Carrie

November 16th, 2017

Over Labor Day, Dave and I were able to take a quick getaway to London.  It was my first time, even in all my travels as a flight attendant, I had never been to London. I absolutely fell in love with the city.  We took in all the history and site seeing and Dave managed to plan what I have been calling a food tour around the city.  One of our favorite things to do when we travel is to take a cooking lesson.  This time it was an Indian food lesson at one of Jamie Oliver’s Cookery Schools.  It was fun, our food was delicious and we met some nice locals.  Our favorite meal was a splurge at Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus, what an amazing dining experience.  We were also very fortunate to get tickets to the Evening State Room Tour at Buckingham Palace.  It’s a private tour that the royal family only allows during certain times of the year when the queen is on holiday.  The one thing I missed this trip was the Harrods experience, I guess now I have a reason to to go back!

Jack and Kate are thriving in school, and working hard to keep up their grades.  Jack is active in the schools TSA Club(Technology Student Association) and focusing on the FLL (First Lego League) competition coming up next month. If you aren’t familiar with this club, the States TSA Group gives the students a map and a list of challenges and they need to program Lego Mindstorms and create the challenge items out of Legos they have at each school to complete each challenge.  I’m in awe of the ideas these kids come up with, they are so creative.  If Jack doesn’t pursue a career in engineering when he is older it will be a real shame!  Kate is playing soccer at Concorde again this year and has me driving all over Atlanta for games on the weekends.  I volunteered to be the Team Manager, not realizing what I signed myself up for.  Let me just say, what I am doing for the team has nothing to do with organizing a snack schedule.  Kate and I are planning to run in the PCMS CV Classic on October 28th, The Suits Team is a proud sponsor.  I hope to see many of you there.

Inventory remains low and we are seeing a bigger trend of price reductions right now.  I’m also noticing that people aren’t even making low offers on homes that they feel are overpriced.  Interest rates remain low (3.8%-4.0%), but word on the street is that we should expect rates to slowly rise over 2018.  Everything I have been reading predicts that the Atlanta market will remain strong into 2018.  So, while interest rates are still low, now is a great time to sell and buy!

~Carrie Randolph




November Update from Nina

November 9th, 2017

I think I am finally realizing that there is no such thing as life slowing down. I was excited for Summer because school was out and we could slow down. Yeah right! Then I was excited to get back to school and have a routine, thinking things would slow down. Yeah right! I have to be careful. I thrive on chaos and go, go, go! But, I always remind myself–my circus, my monkeys. I am really trying to not allow the crazy schedule I create to affect those around me. Maybe Jay calls me a tornado for a reason?

Schools back and giving me a swift kick in the you know what. Love our teachers, and the kids are in great classes. Isaac is really struggling because of his dyslexia. I am very impressed that the teacher has a strategy in place already to help him, and we were able to get his 504c passed. And then Emery. We’ve already had a meeting with the teacher and we are seeing a very familiar pattern…

This parenting and adulting thing is tough. I am thankful that my children are healthy, happy, and our issues are so trivial compared to those with real struggles. It’s all relative, right? The thought that we might have to put two kids in appropriate private schools has my anxiety at an all time high. I am really good at this thing called work. I am not really good with this parenting thing. Prayers are needed that we make the best decisions for our kids and their futures!

Emery told me one day not long ago that she wanted me to have another baby.  I in turn told her, the only baby that would be added to this family, would have 4 legs!! So, what did we do? Welcome our sweet 4 legged Rosie! She is a goldendoodle mixed with a labradoodle. Try explaining that to people! Double doodle? Doodle squared? We’ve never had a girl dog and she is the sweetest–when she’s not peeing on my foot or my favorite pillow! The best part is, Murphy has a constant playdate.

Can we agree that all buyers want is certainty? And the real estate market is largely driven by the media. When all you hear in the media is devastation and tragedy, fueling emotions, it creates uncertainty. Sellers are unsettled.  Buyers are taking longer to make decisions.  We are experiencing a softening in the luxury market. Prices are being reduced and sellers are unsettled. Navigating the market isn’t as easy as some think. Every micro market in Atlanta is different. There is little to no activity in the Chastain Park price range between $1 million-$1.5 million. There are so few showings in north Milton that it will leave you in a cold sweat. What strategy do we utilize to get your home sold in this market? You need us to navigate this real estate market. We are working harder than ever to help our clients WIN. Do you want a team that is reactive, or proactive? As we continue to help so many people buy and sell likely the largest asset they own, we have now grown to better serve everyone we work for.  Welcome Gina and Jason as our newest team members!

~Nina Harris