I attended the bridal shower of one "My Home Redux" readers (congrats Alyssa) at the home of another. Her husband built a beautiful multi-level deck (perhaps an article for another day) that had this wonderfully creative and attractive solution for hand rails: Flower planters. If you need to grab on, there's the edge of the planter. Plus, it offers lots of color and a great way to add flowers to the deck. The village inspected and approved it for handrails so they covered all bases. Great idea, Natalie!