Mariel Rodriguez’s Glam Three-Bedroom Condo

The TV host defines her own luxurious space

Original Article: Meysil Yamat Photography: Rene Mejia Styling: Gwyn Guanzon

People know her as the bubbly host on TV who often wears fashionable pieces in her afternoon show stints, but Mariel Rodriguez’s interior design preferences, as seen in this three-bedroom condominium unit, leans more on timeless design. Before marrying actor Robin Padilla, Mariel considered this Mandaluyong unit as her home—with a look that's more subdued, albeit leaning on the side of glam. The design inspiration? The posh interiors of Adora, a sophisticated lifestyle store at Greenbelt 5, Makati, which carries foreign luxury brands. Decorated with plush seating options and classy chandeliers, there lies a similarity between these spaces—an air of elegance.

Another point of interest is her color choices. Almost all furniture pieces in the house are in moody black, her preferred color. To balance it out, she selected red and white as accent colors. Taking all of these into account, the host got what she ultimately wanted—a “glam, posh, pad feel”—if not more.

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Living and Dining Areas

In this space, Mariel is particularly proud of her chandelier. “Kasi feeling ko, even if I have gross things, not-so-expensive things, as long as I have one fab light, it would really make the room beautiful,” she says.

Living Area

The living area features a black tufted leather couch topped with accent pillows in shag fabric and floral patterns. Adding colors to the area are the fresh flowers on top of the wooden armoire and artwork on the wall.

Entertainment Center

Mariel likes to play video games to de-stress. The setup in front of the TV is Rock Band, an interactive musical game featuring peripherals which function like real instruments. Apart from this, she also owns two other gaming consoles.

Dining Area

Mariel’s modern dining set features four black chairs and a white table, with red tableware accents to boot.


A series of wenge wooden cabinets with steel pull handles from Koncept Furniture, an award-winning Thai furniture company, lines up the hallway. Adding a personal touch to this space are Mariel’s framed photos with her loved ones.


The color scheme continues in Mariel’s bedroom, where her bed is situated on a platform base. Part of this base can also be used as a built-in night table. Damask Roman shades, four similar red accent mirrors, and a pair of wall-mounted reading lamps complete the modern glam look.


Mariel’s bathroom has virtually no clutter. She spruced things up with minimal accessories.

Storage Detail

The host finds joy in shopping and in dressing up—one of her cabinets store her collection of shoes which features pairs from various brands. “The only reason why I have all these clothes, all these shoes, is because I need them for work! Ito ’yong joy ko, e—to dress up, to shop. So I really love my job,” enthuses Mariel.


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