Ask Design Mom Week — Salt & Pepper Shakers

November 2, 2009

Question:
I am in the market for salt and pepper shakers. I’m looking for something small and preferably not in the shape of a little person or animal (wink). I figured you would have a great recommendation for something stylish and chic. If they make “chic” for the salt and pepper crowd. Thanks. — Cari



Answer:
Ooooh. Salt & Pepper shakers. I haven’t shopped for these in at least a decade. Fun to think about new ones! If you’re looking for small and not-kitchy, my first instinct is to stop in at a place like DWR or the Conran Shop.

I like a classic diner shape, like the one pictured. But I just stopped by DWR and found these little silver ones. Chic, no?

What about you Dear Readers? Seen any great salt & pepper sets lately? Please leave a link in the comments.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sarah Bradley November 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

This is my all time favorite. Simple and small. But, I do keep a pepper grinder and sea salt on my stove for a different flavor when I'm cooking!
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=855&f=4737&q=salt+and+pepper+shakers&fromLocation=Search&DIMID=400001&SearchPage=1

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2 Petit Elefant November 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Again: IKEA. Can't go wrong, cheap and chic.

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3 Abbey November 3, 2009 at 4:50 pm
4 Anonymous November 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm
5 Molly November 3, 2009 at 4:56 pm

http://www.fishseddy.com/browse.cfm/4,2491.html

I have this set and love it. Darling at any time of year!

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6 Barchbo November 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm

I just ordered these:
http://www.elsewares.com/commerce/Good-Chemistry-Salt-and-Pepper-Shakers_MPD1148.html

Not exactly traditional, but not a person nor an animal!

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7 Shannon November 3, 2009 at 5:07 pm

The dollar store, no kidding! Found the old-fashioned, glass "diner" version there for a dollar each.

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8 Blogful November 3, 2009 at 5:37 pm

I KNEW you were the woman to ask. I am going with these. http://www.dwr.com/product/weighted-salt-pepper-shakers.do?keyword=salt&sortby=ourPicks
THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the time to answer my question. -Cari

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9 Sharon November 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm

I saw some animal shaped salt and pepper shakers by Jonathon Adler at bloomingdales. Penguins. Whales. And other animals I can't remember. Amazing stuff.

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10 wendyhcd November 3, 2009 at 8:47 pm

I'm in love with the stainless steel salt and pepper mills that I got for my wedding. They are lovely to look at and super fun to use: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=855&f=13237&q=salt+and+pepper+mills+stainless+steel&fromLocation=Search&DIMID=400001&SearchPage=1

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11 Molly November 4, 2009 at 10:39 am

I think I found them at Pottery Barn or Pier One, but we got a set of 12 clear glass shakers with silver tops – we filled most of them with salt and only a couple with pepper because we are salt fiends. They're small, simple, subtle, but classic:)

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12 Stephanie November 4, 2009 at 11:52 am

I just put up a cute pair of vintage French s+p shakers in my etsy shop last night…

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13 Anonymous November 4, 2009 at 1:37 pm

how about these mother of pearl beauties from Kosmos Designs and Ideas? I've given them to about a dozen people and the are always a hit!
http://www.kosmosdi.net/cart/description.php?id=566

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14 Ashley Smith November 4, 2009 at 2:28 pm
15 Whitney November 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm

We just bought these and love them!

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/cw033/?pkey=x|4|1||4|salt%20and%20pepper%20shakers||0&cm_src=SCH

Timeless!

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