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My Top Ten Salt & Pepper Shakers

Salt & Pepper Shakers

Design Mom posted about chic salt and pepper shakers recently. Well having just shopped for a replacement set of our own not long ago, I thought I’d share the flip-side. See, I like my salt and pepper shakers to be shaped like little animals, or people, or to have science jokes, and so on. Maybe they’re not chic, but they’re fun! Of course I’m always drawn to shapely white ceramics too. Here are my top ten salt and pepper shakers…

  1. Salt and Peeper
  2. Granit
  3. Good Chemistry
  4. Classic Century
  5. American Black Walnut
  6. White Porcelain
  7. Lantern
  8. Hug
  9. Bird
  10. Moustache
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  • lindsay
    November 16, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    yay! nice selection. I have #4 <3

  • Alexis
    November 16, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    Love this post :)

  • Zoey Bond
    November 16, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Love #10! They are so great.

  • Sarah @ Dream In Domestic
    November 17, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Cute!! I love them all. You should check out the ones I found when I was out and about a couple weeks ago ( http://www.dreamindomestic.com/2009/10/26/incredible-weekend-finds/ ). They’re Scottish Terrier salt and pepper shakers, or I suppose you could say one is a Scottie and the other is a Westie. I had to buy them since I have a Scottie and love him to death. Let me know what you think!

  • Josh (in Wonderland)
    November 17, 2009 at 2:04 am

    I have been obsessing over the hug shakers for years now. I saw them in person once and was disappointed that they were smaller than i imagined. Still cute nonetheless.

  • Mirjam
    November 17, 2009 at 2:34 am

    I have another cool one for you: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=26664636 Made by ArtMind. These are so cute!

  • marie
    November 17, 2009 at 6:04 am

    I have the hug ones! They are adorable.

  • Danielle
    November 17, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Cute idea with the top ten list! Salt and pepper shakers are fun! I bought a bunch of vintage ones from a flea market and stuck flowers out of them and then put them on my window sill. They looked so cute!

  • Mim
    November 17, 2009 at 7:30 am

    These are so much fun! I know people who collect vintage shakers and I’ve been known to pick up an interesting pair while thrifting, but these new styles are just awesome. #8 is my favorite. I’ve gifted them to a couple in the past.

  • Asia
    November 17, 2009 at 7:55 am

    I still don’t get this whole mustache fad.

  • Jeanee
    November 17, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Salt and pepper shakers can be so neat. I really like the ones you picked :)

  • Scientific Housewife
    November 17, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I love the chemistry salt and pepper set, it would be so funny for me to own!

  • Sara
    November 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I also found myself shopping for a new set of s&p recently. I purchased this set. I thought of you while I was shopping because of your post not to long ago. I knew you would come up with something rad!

  • Sara
    November 17, 2009 at 10:04 am


    Here they are. Ninjas!

  • Kim
    November 17, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I have #8 (hug) which I love as well. But the salt holes are a little large on mine, and the salt comes out too fast :(

  • Mrs Soup
    November 17, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Oh man, I LOVE #3 and #10. My grandma has collected salt and pepper shakers for years and years. When she moved into the assisted living center, my mom got all of them. One of these days, I need to go through and find them.

  • Sonja
    November 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I fell in love with the NaCl, Pe+Pe r Salt n Pepper Shakers and had to buy them, including some other gimics from that web page.

  • Laurie
    November 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    I’ve always loved the bird shakers by Jonathan Adler but the moustache one is killer!

  • Sarah
    November 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    The moustache ones are great!

  • Kenziepoo
    November 17, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I have been looking for some good Salt & Pepper shakers…Love all your choices!

  • In Honor Of Design
    November 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I love your layouts. And these are seriously some of the cutest shakers ever! good wedding shower gifts!

  • Jennae @ Green Your Decor
    November 17, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I LOVE these! I’m particularly fond of the hug pair. Gotta love black and white ceramic. I recently found two froggy friend who would fit right in with all your picks: http://www.ahamodernliving.com/store/pc/Frog-Salt-Pepper-Shaker-12p62.htm

    I’m deathly afraid of frogs, but those guys are just cute :)

  • hishouse;herhelp.
    November 17, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    these would be super cute wedding gifts! even if the person isn’t registered for them. who wouldn’t want a moustache s&p shaker set!?

  • Cara (City Girl Chicago)
    November 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    hey there! What do you use to create your inspiration boards? I’m looking for a blank board online that I can pull in products from all over the web to create design boards of any variety – any ideas?

    Thanks in advance :)


  • Valentina
    November 17, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Super cool selection!

    November 17, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I love the round “good chemistry” shakers. Very cute. Thank you for sharing!

  • Oonafey
    November 17, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    The moustache is hilarious!

  • Jessica
    November 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I love the Jonathan Adler shakers. I have looked at those so many times and contemplated buying them.

  • Allison
    November 18, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    The dork in me loves the Good Chemisty set.

  • kristin jo
    November 18, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Nicole,
    I’ve been loving your blog for a while — and all that you do.

    I’ve also been admiring Classic Century from Crate & Barrel. Luv the design. I was ready to buy but there are some negative reviews on C&B about the dishware chipping and cracking. Boo. :(

    Anyone else have any experience with this product?

    kristin jo

  • kristin jo
    November 18, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    oh I see Granit at DWR is also designed by Eva Zeisel, that might be a better option for a lasting product

  • Lauren
    November 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    I actually bought the mustache one the other day! can’t wait for it to arrive. I did an entire mustache themed blog post too in honor of my purchase.

  • Katy Campbell @ A Starter House
    November 18, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I’m so excited about this post! I’ve always loved salt and pepper shakers – I love the ones you’ve put together for this post!

  • Desiree Fawn
    November 18, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    My partner has been collecting S&P shakers forever!! We have tons ^_^ And they are such fun little things to look for — esp. at vintage shops!

  • Little Gray Pixel
    November 19, 2009 at 2:27 am

    The little “hug” shakers are the bee’s knees.

  • karey m.
    November 19, 2009 at 9:15 am

    had to kirtsy this one. i loved it. as i do your whole site. thanks for that…karey m.

  • natalyn
    November 19, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I’ve always loved those Good Chemistry ones. They’re all great, though.

  • teresa
    November 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Oh! Adoring ALL of these salt & pepper shakers!
    Favorites…#2 & #5!
    Wish I knew how to set up pictures like this!
    Is it created with a special program?
    Love the look!
    & Love your blog!

  • Lisa Canning
    November 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Such lovely pieces, and so nicely laid out!

  • down pillow
    November 20, 2009 at 1:40 am

    Love #1 & #9 – so sweet :)

  • Jacquelyn
    November 20, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Moustache! Love it!

  • southern hostess
    November 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Love all of these. It’s so hard to pick one.

  • aaaa
    November 22, 2009 at 8:13 am

    #8 the “Hug” if you look at each figure well, they look like Death and Ghost hugging each other: scary, not cute!!!

  • tyler
    November 25, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    thanks for including us in this beautiful selection.

  • Jess
    December 15, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I saw these today and thought you might like them :)


  • magpiesandmagnolias
    December 28, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Lovely little compilation! I actually purchased the HUg shakers at a booth in the Union Square Farmer’s Market for $10 after loving them forever. Great deal! I also really like the Adler ones, of course!