Every child has to serve their time, safety concerns just require it. The ones out there aren't that stylish but if you are willing to put in a little elbow grease your could change that. Here are three different looks - modern/funky, traditional and rustic. .
The same builder made this one and incorporated the design of the railing to make it blend a little better.
Going for a more natural look? You can build this barn-style gate on your own if you are handy. Here is the tutorial.