A modern array of tall and short windows brings lots of amplified light into a formal living
room.  
The indoor balcony provides more ways for the homeowner to enjoy the view.
The 3/4 view fireplace adds formality and function to both the living room and the formal dining area,
while adding to the separation of the space.  Following the theme of the living room, light floods the
dining area.
The same "light" theme carries through the informal dining area and kitchen, and helps the house flow
from one room to the next.  The heavily patterned granite adds to the formal feel of the kitchen.