Several apartments ago, my roommate used small bowls for her salt and pepper rather than shakers. This was new to me at the time, but I grew accustomed to the idea. It's the one habit I took with me when I left, though my pepper grinder continues to get some action.
Here are S&P bowls that look as elegant as a piece of art on the dinner table. Or you could make use of some soy sauce bowls, which are just as simple and modern but are significantly cheaper.
Tell us, do you use bowls for your salt and pepper, or do you prefer to shake things up?
1. Folded Salt and Pepper Cellar Set by Pigeon Toe, also available here, $48
2. Salt and Pepper Bowls by Paula Lopez-Otero, $38
3. Salt Bird, £18
4. Chelsea Marble Salt and Pepper Bowls, $80
5. Salt Bowl, $38
(Images: as linked above)