Sandra Olave studied Interior Design Technology at the Universidad Autonoma del Caribe in Barranquilla, Colombia. She then moved to Barcelona, Spain, where she went on to receive a post-graduate degree in Architecture and Spatial Montages at Elisava-Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya, and another post-graduate degree in Interior Design at LAI, Escola de disseny. In Colombia, South America, she worked as an architect's assistant at Constructora Ortegon S.A., a product specialist at the Organizacion Corona, and as part owner and manager of the retail operation Listos y Congelados.
In the United States, Olave has worked as an interior designer at Italmoda/Ambienti di vita in Birmingham, Michigan. She has also done extensive Residential Design projects including the DSO Designer Showhouse at Cranbrook. Olave's commercial design work has included aspects of the In Voyage Hotel in Laguna Beach, California, the Campbell Ewald Ideation Rooms, Spiralz Jewelry Store in Birmingham, Michigan (which won the Birmingham Historical District Storefront Award) and the re-design of the cafeteria at CCS. Recent awards include second place in the Detroit Home Design Awards for best color scheme/use of color.